Defence Nationals underway in Brisbane

first_imgThe 2017 Defence National Championships have commenced at Enoggera Army Barracks in Brisbane, with fourteen teams competing across three hotly contested divisions. Early on day three we take a look at the tournament so far.In the Men’s Open division, day 3 is shaping as a critical day as many of the top sides face off against each other. This was the case early on Thursday with the previously unbeaten ACT/Country and South Queensland A teams squaring off against each other with top spot on the line. In a match that lived up to the hype, it was the South Queensland A team that managed to hold off a resilient ACT/Country team 9-6, to move clear on top of the Men’s Open division and now must be considered red-hot favourites.It is a similar scenario in the Women’s open division. As the results stand early on day 3, a number of teams are in strong contention.North Queensland currently sit in first place and look formidable despite a hiccup on day 2 losing to South Queensland 4-3 in an enthralling match. The NQ ladies were quick to return serve however, defeating South Queensland 8-1 early on Day 3 and now sit a comfortable two games clear in top spot.While in the Men’s 30s division it is shaping as an all Queensland affair, with the very real possibility of an all Queensland Grand Final on Friday. South Queensland A have been dominate scoring 15 more touchdown’s than their nearest opposition, however results are closer than they appear with the South Queensland B boys managing to scrap out a 6-6 draw with their SQ stablemates in their round 5 clash.The 2017 Defence Nationals continue today with finals occurring on Friday 6th October. To keep update with the full results, click HERElast_img read more

I hope to do well if I get a chance to play in World Cup: Navdeep Saini

first_imgI hope to do well if I get a chance to play in World Cup: Navdeep SainiPacer Navdeep Saini, who is among India’s standbys for the World Cup, said he is ready for his big break. Saini is the sole bowler among the standbys with the others being Ambati Rayudu and Rishabh Pant.advertisement Press Trust of India KolkataApril 20, 2019UPDATED: April 20, 2019 12:44 IST Pacer Navdeep Saini, who is among India’s standbys for the World Cup, said he is ready for his big break. ( Courtesy by BCCI)HIGHLIGHTSPacer Navdeep Saini, who is among India’s standbys for the World Cup, said he is ready for his big breakSaini will be travelling with the squad as one of the four net bowlers alongside Khaeel Ahmed, Avesh Khan and Deepak ChaharHe is the sole bowler among the standbys with others being Ambati Rayudu and Rishabh PantPacer Navdeep Saini, who is among India’s standbys for the World Cup, says he is ready for his big break in the mega event should the need arises.After attracting selectors’ attention with a splendid season for Delhi in domestic cricket, the 26-year-old has impressed with his pace and bounce for RCB in the IPL.The uncapped pacer is the sole bowler among the standbys with the others being Ambati Rayudu and Rishabh Pant. Saini will also be travelling with the World Cup squad as one of the four net bowlers alongside Khaeel Ahmed, Avesh Khan and Deepak Chahar.”Absolutely (I’m ready)… The confidence of doing well in IPL will give me a big boost. If I get a chance in World Cup, I hope to do well,” the shy lad from Haryana told reporters after RCB’s 10-run win over Kolkata Knight Riders at the Eden Gardens here on Friday.On his World Cup preparation, he said: “We talk during the matches but the most important thing is to pay full attention at the nets. If you do well at the nets, you will do well in a match as well.”My dad has always told me to give your 110 per cent effort wherever you play. I’m putting in that extra effort always in practice session and in a match.”Saini is also gaining from the vast experience of South African great Dale Steyn who has come on board as a replacement for Nathan Coulter-Nile.”I had a discussion with him on the eve of the match. He just told me to bowl the same way and not try anything different,” Saini said.advertisementSaini returned with figures 1/31 taking the prized-scalp of the explosive KKR opener Sunil Narine.Impressed with the bounce at Eden Gardens, he said: “I have bowled on other wickets but never generated this kind of bounce anywhere. The plan was to bowl length deliveries as I was getting that extra bounce.””Against (Andre) Russell, the strategy was to hit the deck hard to generate a bit of extra bounce,” he said of their strategy against the West Indies big-hitter who had threatened to script yet another near-impossible win with his brutal assault of 65 from 25 balls.In the first leg at the Chinnaswamy Stadium, Russell had sealed a 206-run chase with five balls to spare and the memories had come to haunt RCB while defending 214.”Yes it was very much like the first leg match. But we wanted to execute our plans in a better way at the death. It was about out-thinking the batsmen. We wanted to go one step ahead,” he said as RCB bowlers Moeen Ali and Marcus Stoinis held nerves in the final two overs to get their team over the line.Also Read | Navdeep Saini could make World Cup debut: Ashish NehraAlso Read | Brett Lee heaps praise on pacers Bumrah, Prasidh and SainiFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bykarishma Tags :Follow Navdeep SainiFollow India world cup squadFollow Royal Challengers BangaloreFollow World Cup 2019last_img read more

Intimate Music—Nashville Style

first_imgFans of the new ABC drama “Nashville,” are getting a glimpse of one of the beloved venues among songwriters and singers in Music City. The Bluebird Café only offers seating for 100 people, but its reputation spreads worldwide. With the new weekly TV drama, interest in seeing the real place is exploding.When singer songwriters join each other in the middle of diners in this intimate setting, the results prove magical. There’s a great purity to hearing a songwriter tell how he/she wrote a song and then listening to the results. It might be a song like George Strait’s signature “The Cowboy Rides Away,” which was written by Casey Kelly, a prolific songwriter and author of The Complete Idiot’s Guide to The Art of Songwriting. “The people who go to The Bluebird go there to hear the music. All performers love that,” says Kelly.While he loves the atmosphere and has been playing here since it opened in 1982, there’s another reason The Bluebird will always hold a special place in Kelly’s heart. It’s where he met his significant other, singer/songwriter Leslie Ellis in 2004. They’re often on the road, but when they are home in Nashville they make it a point to play at The Bluebird.“Nashville is a songwriters’ town,” says Kelly. “The Bluebird is a small bar with an intimate atmosphere where the focus is entirely on music. It’s mostly songwriters playing and singing their own songs. If an audience member is distracting from the performance they will be asked to leave. It is the premier place to show off one’s songs.”Garth Brooks is just one of the singers who got his big break at The Bluebird. Playing there in 1987, he won the attention of a Capitol Records executive who gave him a record deal.There are two shows daily—the first starting at 6 or 6:30 and the other at 9 or 9:30 p.m. Check the calendar to see who’s playing and then cross your fingers at the opportunity to get a seat.  Sip On the Original Stormtrooper Beer While You Wait for the Next Star Wars Movie The Nomadic Beer Maestros of Evil Twin Brewing Find a Permanent Home in Queens Editors’ Recommendations The Best New Men’s Grooming Brands You Need to Know About A Peek Inside the Joseph Abboud Factory: Italian Fabric, Made in America London Opens World’s First Cheese Conveyor Belt Restaurant last_img read more

Government wins lastditch reprieve for law allowing inmate segregation

first_imgTORONTO — Prisoner isolation, declared unconstitutional 18 months ago, will remain legal for now after Canada’s top court granted Ottawa’s urgent request to allow the current law to stay in force for the time being.The reprieve from the Supreme Court, pending a full hearing on the issue, sets aside a lower court order that would have made administrative segregation illegal after Monday.The stay gives the Liberal government yet more time to enact a replacement regime aimed at fixing problems that prompted several courts to declare the current system a violation of the Constitution.“It is disappointing that the attorney general is going to such lengths to perpetuate a practice that has been declared cruel and unusual,” said Michael Rosenberg, lawyer for the Canadian Civil Liberties Association, which successfully fought the law.In its request to set aside the deadline the Ontario Court of Appeal set in April, the government warned that banning solitary confinement without a practical alternative in place would create a dangerous situation in prisons.Supreme Court Justice Suzanne Cote agreed the government had solid preliminary arguments and granted the stay request on Friday until the legal situation can be thrashed out “on an expedited basis.” That will be sometime after July 2.Administrative segregation, authorized by the Correctional and Conditional Release Act, entails extreme isolation of inmates prison authorities deem a risk to themselves or others — when no reasonable option exists.Experts say segregation can have mental-health consequences that become more severe the longer a prisoner is isolated.In December 2017, Ontario Superior Court Justice Frank Marrocco declared parts of the act unconstitutional due to a lack of independent oversight of inmate placement in solitary. Ottawa did not appeal that ruling.Marrocco also gave Ottawa a year to fix the problem but the government twice persuaded a reluctant Ontario Court of Appeal to allow it yet more time to remedy the situation through Bill C-83, currently before Parliament.The government has steadfastly maintained the bill would address the court-identified problems by creating “structured intervention units” that would, among other things, give prisoners more meaningful contact with other people.Legal and human-rights activists branded Bill C-83 as window dressing.Last week, the Senate passed the bill with several changes designed to address the criticism. The government is now deciding whether to accept the amendments and it remains unclear when the proposed law might take effect.Scott Bardsley, a spokesman for Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale, disputed suggestions the bill preserves solitary confinement under a different name.“C-83 allows for the separation of inmates when that’s necessary for safety reasons, while providing programs, interventions, mental health care and meaningful human contact on a daily basis — all subject to binding external review,” Bardsley said. “As the summer recess approaches, it is vital that Parliament be seized with the future of our correctional system “The bill would also scrap disciplinary segregation. Punishment instead would involve a loss of privileges, a fine, or the performance of extra duties.Colin Perkel, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Buffy SainteMarie through 16 Million Colours

first_imgAPTN National NewsBuffy Sainte-Marie is a music icon and has spent much of her life on the road.But Sainte-Marie is also a digital artist.Her newest exhibit called 16 Million Colours premiered at the Gurevich Fine Art gallery in Winnipeg.APTN National News host Cheryl McKenzie spoke to Sainte-Marie about her life and art.last_img

New Town vies for platinum green city tag adopts plans for vertical

first_imgKolkata: The West Bengal Housing and Infrastructure Development Corporation is planning to achieve vertical growth by allowing mixed development in New Town to achieve the platinum green city tag by the Indian Green Building Council.In the concept of mixed development residential units are allowed to be built within commercial establishments. “We have organised a design competition for a multi-storied building that will house residential, commercial, fintech, start-up and office units. Many noted designers and building architects have shown interest in the concept of mixed development by offering more Floor Area Ratio (FAR),” a senior official of Hidco said. A senior official said mixed development with high FAR allows reduced transportation as the office and the residence are on the same premises. Facilities for shopping and dining can also be at the same place and this would significantly reduce greenhouse emissions. “New Town has already been rated as a Gold Green City in September last year by Indian Green Building Council (IGBC) and now we are moving towards a platinum green city,” he said. HIDCO has already allowed mixed development in New Town in the Central Business district on 4 acre where residential units up to 49 percent has been allowed in commercial plots. “This move is to encourage vertical growth and to urge designers to think of taller buildings within the limits imposed by the flight path restrictions mandated by civil aviation authorities,” the official said. New Town is India’s first green-rated satellite city and is a unique blend of ancient architectural practices and modern technological innovations. The satellite township has already become a much sought-after city for many national and international companies keen to enhance the quality of life of its employees and explore new growth opportunities. Several initiatives by the state government in New Town such as GPS-based vehicles for effective solid waste management, automatic control for streetlights, e-governance for collection of property tax, issuing of certificates and building plans of the township have been lauded by IGBC. The introduction of electric air-conditioned buses has been appreciated under the sustainable mobility issue. The cycle-sharing scheme has also received national recognition.last_img read more

Linkage with livelihood

first_imgMid-day Meal, preliminarily taken as foundation model in primary schools of India has had a long trajectory with ups and downs as well as history since 1925, the year of its introduction which was earmarked for the disadvantaged children in Madras Municipal Corporation. By the mid-1980s, three states: Gujarat, Kerala, and Tamil Nadu, and the UT of Pondicherry had universalised a cooked Mid-day Meal Programme with their own resources for children studying at the primary stage. By 1990-91, the number of States implementing the Mid-day meal programme with their own resources on a universal or a large scale had increased to twelve states. Also Read – Hijacking Bapu’s legacy First judicial mandate Triggered by the ruling and mandate of the Supreme Court of India on 28 November 2001 as “Right of The Child (6 yrs to 14 yrs)”, the scenario had changed towards the better and widespread spectrum. Mid-day meal (MDM) in the form of a wholesome freshly-cooked lunch served to children on a daily basis has become a way of life in government and government-aided schools in India – touching upon millions of innocent lives and their parents … like the same in other developing countries. Also Read – The future is here! A list of benefits MDM does not warrant one single benefit like “adding the nutritional value to the child’s meal”, but manifold pouring into the confluence of equality, growth, nation building and all round buoyancy. Few are as under : Greater participation from the disadvantaged (Dalit, Tribals, and girls) Reduction of class conflict and classroom hunger for higher enrollment and retention Fostering change of mindset regarding gender and social bias at childhood Boosting female attendance to scale up attachment towards self-reliance Promotion of health and hygiene at the earliest stage Challenges and concerns : The way forward While keeping the main objective of the Mid-day Meal Scheme (i.e., the attainment of the goal of universalisation of primary education en masse) in view, there is a pipeline of challenges and concerns too, unwrapped as under : Proxy enrolment for meals Low infrastructure & high corruption Poor management & lack of supervision Persisting caste conflict at the rural level Attendance to school for a meal only Absence of social audit and SOP (Standard Operational Practice) Mammoth project , large coffer In all fitness of the things, such projects always remain a subject under the evaluation scanner in order to draw significant insight and inference to realise the trend. A total of 9.46 Crores of children are said to the beneficiaries in FY 2017-18 from 11.34 L schools. The erstwhile Planning Commission had allocated an outlay of Rs 90,155 crore in the 12th Five Year Plan for Mid Day Meal Scheme. The entire project is run by the Department of School Education & Literacy under the Ministry of Human Resource, Government of India. Current surveys for evaluation and findings This mammoth project, like similar other projects, inherits series of evaluation mechanism with an array of inbuilt components viz. periodical surveys, data collection and data dissemination till the end of the research, analysis and findings, etc. In the course of implementation, this one of a kind project has come a long way from a startup model to the scaled-up model. Before the end of the latest series of surveys conducted recently for the purpose of findings, the rate of admission was found to have shot to near 100 per cent with the real-time improvement of the quality of food and service. Confirming to the popular concept that Mid-day Meal brought an improvement in nutrition and enrollment, a recent but long term survey has not proved that there is sufficient reason to believe in the influence of Mid-day meal in the quality of primary education, received by the beneficiaries. Rather the condition in India is quite bleak. In one survey involving statistics of 1 lakh primary school goers across a few states, the following picture surfaced: Firstly, the majority of daily class training hours have been snatched away by meal management from the teaching staff, as a result of which, adverse reflection on the education delivery. Secondly, a low trend to learn has been noticed in one survey. 44 per cent of children within the age group (7yrs – 12yrs) are not able to read one paragraph in their own mother tongue. 50 per cent are not able to understand the basic logic of mathematics like addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division, etc. While analysing the behavioural pattern of such sample data of 1 lakh beneficiaries, the observations are of multiple shades. It is observed that when a child gets a first-time opportunity to avail for the first two years, there is a prolific improvement in his/her study habit and counting skill. Again, after 3 years of availing the scope, improvement reaches newer height. But, a steady availing of Mid-day meal for more than 3 years does not necessarily increase his absorption of knowledge in the same ratio or pattern. Rather, a stalemate situation in the growth of intellect is noted. There is no conclusion drawn over the assumption of the role and contribution of “Mid-day Meal” in enhancing the quality of education. On the contrary, the comfort level in study and counting skill increases only when the student-teacher time ratio shoots up, where the role of “Mid-day Meal” for few years is of a catalyst along with the other supply line – books, clothes, and other kits. One positive observation marked during the surveys is the phenomenal pointer over the issue of gender bias – i.e., both boys and girls are the beneficiaries. Mission: Spreading across time One survey shows the time essence in the unwrapping of the opportunity like the following: In 2002- Rajasthan had started “Mid-day Meal”, giving scope to the then students of Class I. West Bengal had started this journey in 2005 for a student of Class I. Therefore, the substantial growth had been observed in the case of the child of Rajasthan (studying in Class III) and the child of West Bengal (studying in Class V). In the initial part of this journey in India, much more priority had been given to the issue of child nutrition and classroom, hunger, etc. The focus on learning comes now as a deliverable, toying with various options in linking with the betterment of this scheme – management as well as the livelihood. One of the major challenges faced by the government was the successful implementation of the scheme. As per the NP-NSPE, 2006 Guidelines (Mid-day Meal Scheme Guidelines), wherever possible, the Government would mobilise community support and promote public-private partnership for the programme. The organisations, not-for-profits, such as Akshaya Patra, are therefore, encouraged to set up operations and act as the implementing arm of the Government. Of late, Bettiah district of Bihar and Thane district of Maharastra have employed mothers as quality monitors of Mid-day meal food served and it has produced good results. This should be replicated in the rest of the country. Seeking the help of corporate organisations is another easy way out — opening the door to a system of contractors to manage the operation professionally. Linkages: Innovative thoughts This phenomenal mission and the database of a huge number of beneficiaries, since predominantly going to be Aadhaar Card based, can be of multiple linkages in future. Out of which, “Skill India Mission” can be linked effectively for the purpose of livelihood linkages of the needy with several trades of Class VIII eligibility (welder, fitter, painter, workman, tailor, plumber, and many more) etc. They can be transformed as “Trained & Certified Skilled Resources” and connected to Wage Employment, protected by the Minimum Wages Act. Such linkages will transform a needy child to an earning member for his or her family – in order to complete a journey called from a non-entity to an identity. (Partha Pratim Majumder is Head of Social Initiatives Section, Indian Chamber of Commerce, Kolkata. The views expressed are strictly personal)last_img read more

Yemen Clashes Kill more than 40 in 24 Hours

Rabat – Clashes and air strikes in southwest Yemen have killed more than 40 soldiers, rebels and civilians over the past 24 hours, officials and medics said on Monday.Warplanes from the Saudi-led Arab coalition have pounded Huthi rebel positions east of the Red Sea port of Mokha and other areas of Taez province since Sunday, a military official said.Clashes raged after the air raids in the Jabal al-Nar area east of Mokha and north of the city on the road to Hodeida, Yemen’s main Red Sea port, the official said. At least 17 rebels were killed in the air strikes and fighting, medical sources in rebel-held Hodeida said.The coalition-backed government says Hodeida is its next target in a months-long offensive aimed at pushing the Iran-backed insurgents away from the country’s lengthy Red Sea coastline.Another 11 rebels were killed in air strikes on Kamran island and a base in Hodeida itself, the medical sources said.Ten soldiers were also killed and 15 were wounded in the confrontations, said medical sources in Aden, the temporary base of the government as Sanaa remains under rebel control.Meanwhile, three civilians were killed and two others were wounded Monday in a bombing that targeted the convoy of General Ali Muqbel Saleh, commander of the 33rd Armoured Brigade, in Daleh city, a security official said. The UN estimates that more than 7,700 people have been killed over the past two years and more than 40,000 wounded in impoverished Yemen which faces a serious risk of famine this year. read more

Open warrant reissued for the arrest of Jaliya Wickramasuriya

The Police Financial Crimes Investigations Division (FCID) had sough the warrant for Wickramasuriya.Wickramasuriya is out on bail and was granted permission to travel overseas last July but he failed to appear before court since then. As a result an open warrant was issued for his arrest in April this year and it was reissued today. (Colombo Gazette) An open warrant was reissued today for the arrest of Sri Lanka’s former Ambassador to the United States, Jaliya Wickramasuriya.The warrant was issued by the Colombo Fort Magistrate over Wickramasuriya’s alleged involvement in the misuse of state funds.

UN calls for political will to overcome inequality hindering sustainable development for

Addressing a special meeting on inequality convened by the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson said that inequalities within and among countries pose an immense challenge to global development efforts. “Large disparities in income, wealth, power and opportunity plague our work for progress, both internationally and nationally, so do also large gaps in access to education, healthcare, water, sanitation, food, energy, and social protection,” Mr. Eliasson told the meeting, which brought together leading experts on inequality from academia, government, the private sector, the UN system and other stakeholders to conceptualize, analyze and recommend solutions for inequalities in the context of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The 2030 Agenda, adopted by UN Member States in September last year, pledges to reduce inequality. “For us to uphold the basic promise of the Agenda – to leave no one behind –we must reach those furthest behind first,” he said.Inequality ‘cross-cutting issue’ of the 2030 Agenda Inequality features prominently in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), including two stand-alone goals – Goal 5 on gender equality, and Goal 10 on reducing inequality within and among countries. But inequality is also a cross-cutting issue which permeates practically all 17 goals and their targets, he added. Inequality harms economic growth and poverty reduction, he said. It undermines social cohesion and undermines people’s sense of fulfilment and self-esteem. Inequality worsens the quality of relations in the public and political spheres. It stymies potential in human beings. And it wastes a lot of talent. Yet, there is nothing inevitable about growing inequality. Inequality is strongly affected by policymaking, by public office and by pressure from leaders. “Where the political will exists, much can be done to address it,” he stressed. Many countries have taken concrete steps to contain or reduce inequalities, including debt restructuring and prudent fiscal stimulus, made easier today not least by historically low interest rates. Inequality between countries also remains a formidable challenge, the UN deputy chief said. Among the drivers of these gaps are illicit financial flows, financial manipulations, tax evasion and lack of harmonization of tax codes among countries. International development cooperation can play an essential role in driving forward both public and private resources to go where the needs are greatest and the capacities are weakest, he added. “Let us recognize that inequality is not just a statistic or a value-free measure of economic activity,” he urged, as inequality is increasingly harmful, sowing the seeds of division, pushing societies towards polarization and fracture. Han Seung-soo, former Prime Minister of the Republic of Korea and UN Special Envoy on Disaster Risk Reduction and Water, addresses the special meeting on the inequality. UN Photo/Rick Bajornas A view of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) Chamber as Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson addresses the special meeting on the inequality. UN Photo/Rick Bajornas ‹ ›Why discuss inequality now? ECOSOC President Oh Joon said that the UN needs to discuss inequality now because the numbers clearly show that gaps in income and wealth have been consistently widening around the world. Today, seven out of 10 people in the world live in countries where income inequality has risen, in many cases, to the highest level in 30 years, he said, adding that it has become a cliché to say that the richest one per cent has come to possess more than half the total wealth of the world. “The fact that the gaps between the rich and poor are widening, despite improvements for the poorest, indicate that there are structural elements which cannot be properly dealt with by poverty reduction efforts alone,” he said. Whether those elements might be called ‘the rules of the game’ or ‘a level-playing field’, they need be discussed at the UN, a shared forum in pursuit of global public goods. Today’s meeting is timely as it comes at the very first phase of the implementation of the 2030 Agenda, he said.In a press conference today, Mr. Oh and Jeffrey Sachs, the Secretary-General’s Special Adviser on the Sustainable Development Goals, discussed some ways of reducing inequalities, including through cutting down on illicit financial frauds and curbing corruption.”At the international level, we need additional instruments, one way is to cut down on tax cheats,” said Mr. Sachs, noting that without the revenues, governments are unable to provide critical social services, such as health and education.He noted also the importance of fighting corruption: “When things are transparent, the rich and the powerful are often not able to get away with the games that they play. and therefore good governance, transparency, use of information technology, global cooperation on taxes, closing down abuse on tax secrecy and tax havens are important pieces of the puzzle on creating a fair global society.” Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson delivers opening remarks at the special meeting on the inequality. UN Photo/Rick Bajornas Ambassador Oh Joon of the Republic of Korea and President of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), addresses the special meeting on the inequality. UN Photo/Rick Bajornas read more

Ohio State mens tennis living out deferred dreams from afar

For a pair of freshmen on the Ohio State men’s tennis team, the transition to life away from home has been more of an adjustment than for many of their classmates. But most of their peers are not separated from their homes by the Atlantic Ocean. Constantin Christ and Ralf Steinbach have joined the OSU men’s tennis squad this year from Eppstein, Germany, and Halle, Germany, respectively, bringing the total number of international players on the team’s 11-man roster to four. In the case of both Christ (10-2) and Steinbach, the journey to Columbus began after their dreams of playing tennis professionally in Europe fell short. “After I graduated high school, I wanted to go pro, and I tried it for a year, but it was so tough,” Steinbach said. “You have to pay so much money for it, and it’s really intense, and it didn’t work out. So I thought about a solution to improve my tennis and still get educated,” he said. It did not take long for OSU coach Ty Tucker to step in with a solution. Tucker said junior European tennis players are surveyed under a world ranking system that allows recruiters to “focus on the best players you can find.” When Tucker discovered Christ and Steinbach, he wasted no time to bring them to the Buckeye state. “(Tucker went to) an ITF (International Tennis Federation) tournament that I played, and we met together there and spoke about college tennis in general and if I can go to OSU. I visited OSU, and this was my only visit. I liked it from the first time I saw (it),” Christ said. Tucker said collegiate sports in Europe are not nearly as competitive as they are in America, leading many European players to opt out of a college education. When American college coaches see unused European talent, they attempt to bring over players to contribute to their college teams. “College tennis is the true minor leagues of professional tennis,” Tucker said. Before a formal offer is made to international players, Tucker ensures they mesh well with the rest of the team. Tucker said he’s usually able to tell after bringing international players to OSU for a two-day visit whether they have chemistry with the rest of the group. “Everybody on the team was pretty friendly to me, and I could have a ride from my apartment (to practice) every time. The practice was really nice … because everybody wants to practice,” Christ said. Christ and Steinbach are not the only players to have joined the roster from another country. Junior Blaz Rola, who is 3-0 in singles play and 2-0 in doubles play, was born and raised in Ptuj, Slovenia, and junior Ille Van Engelen (8-1) is from Eindhoven, Netherlands. Tucker also persuaded Rola to come to Columbus after struggling to succeed in his country’s professional level. “Ty was so persuasive, he was calling me for a year straight … He said you can come (to OSU) and see how it is, and I won’t bother you anymore,” Rola said. “From the first day I got here with my mom, we were so thrilled and there wasn’t even a thought of not going (to OSU).” Rola, Christ and Steinbach all said their families have been supportive of their move to the U.S. “(My family) was just thrilled,” Rola said. “We’re not used to college sports like (OSU has) in Europe.” Even with support from family and new teammates and coaches, international players on the OSU men’s tennis team admit to having to adjust to American culture. “(America) is a lot more intense. It’s a lot more fast. Everything goes by quickly. I think especially in my country, people are more relaxed – they take time to sit down and enjoy food,” Rola said. “Everyone is asking me if I feel homesick, but you never actually thought about home because everything is going so quick.” Christ said he is still learning to balance his time since coming to OSU. “It’s a lot to combine studying and playing tennis at the same time. It’s difficult and a little bit stressful sometimes,” Christ said. But Steinbach said traveling overseas to attend OSU is worth the risk. “College is probably the best solution you can find in the world … you can practice like a pro and get a good education, so it’s the best,” Steinbach said. Men’s tennis next takes on Georgia Sunday at noon at the Varsity Indoor Tennis Center. read more

Salisbury reeling after Russian couple collapse in restaurant but police rule out

The evacuation of a Salisbury pizzeria after a couple mysteriously collapsed will hit the city hard in its recovery from the nerve agent attack, its council leader said on Monday.The Wiltshire cathedral city was reeling after a man, aged 42, and his 30-year-old female dining companion – said to be Russians – were rushed to hospital with suspected poisoning.Wiltshire Police have ruled out Novichok – the nerve agent used in the assassination attempt on Sergei Skripal – but were unable to say on Monday why the couple collapsed in Prezzo restaurant.Matthew Dean, leader of Salisbury City Council, said: “Footfall remains significantly down with the tourist sector in particular depressed and that is causing hardship for some Salisbury businesses. We need to move on and demonstrate we are open for business but false alarms like this impede that progress.” Detective Sergeant Jonathan Davies-Bateman said last night: “Although we were able to rule out the presence of Novichok quickly, tests are ongoing to understand what, if anything, the pair have come into contact with which may have caused them to fall unwell. It is crucial that this is done methodically. At this stage, it is unclear as to whether or not a crime has been committed.” Police refused to disclose the nationalities of the couple who collapsed following  the incident in Prezzo in Salisbury High Street on Sunday evening. The restaurant remained shut on a Monday and a cordon remained around it.One of the diners evacuated Amanda Worne, 47 from Arundel, West Sussex, said: “We were told by police the two people involved in the incident were Russian.” She continued: “She kept getting up and down and acting a little unusual, she went up to the toilet and came down hysterical ‘Oh my God, we need an ambulance, we need an ambulance, someone help we need an ambulance’. 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. Prezzo on Monday with police standing guardCredit:Jonathan Brady She described how the man had collapsed in the toilet while his blonde dining companion had been acting in an agitated state. Mrs Worne said that “armageddon” broke out as police and the emergency services responded. Roads were cordoned off and police and paramedics wearing protective suits were deployed amid heightened tensions. Official figures from Salisbury Business Improvement District show visitor numbers have declined dramatically since March when Colonel Skripal and his daughter Yulia were attacked. Total visitor numbers are down 12 per cent since the attack with spikes in March and April and again in July and August after Dawn Sturgess died from Novichok after inadvertently coming into the contact with the nerve agent discarded by hitmen working for Russian military intelligence. Yulia and Sergei Skripal Prezzo on Monday with police standing guard Ruslan Boshirov and Alexander Petrov, the prime suspects in the Skripal assassination Yulia and Sergei Skripal Ruslan Boshirov and Alexander Petrov, the prime suspects in the Skripal assassination “The next thing it was all carnage, it was armageddon, there were sirens, ambulances.”The Skripals dined in another Italian restaurant Zizzi prior to collapsing on a bench near a shopping centre. Mrs Worne added: “The girl, she looked slightly dishevelled, there was something about her, she wasn’t comfortable, she wasn’t relaxed. She was really peculiar, she was stunning but her skirt was a bit skew-whiff, she was a bit stumbling, she didn’t look right.” read more

Dentists Find Abundance of Stem Cells in Wisdom Teeth

first_imgStay on target Research Highlights Danger of Grouping Extinct Mammals Based on Teeth3D-printed Mouthpiece Promises to Floss Your Whole Mouth in Just One Bite Researchers at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas are on the cuspid of making scientific history.James Mah and Karl Kingsley, along with a handful of students, developed a method for extracting large numbers of stem cells from wisdom teeth.Found in nearly any living tissue, stem cells can even be squeezed out of tissues of the deceased, according to Mah, director of UNLV’s advanced education program in orthodontics, doctor of dental surgery, and dental researcher.But there’s a catch: “The biggest challenges with stem cells are gathering enough of them to work with and keeping them viable until they are needed,” he said.In collaboration with UNLV biomedical sciences professor Kingsley, the team cut their teeth on, well, teeth, managing to quadruple the number of harvested stem cells compared to traditional methods (i.e. marrow, blood).A regular practice among U.S. patients, millions of people have their wisdom teeth, or third molars, removed.“Extracting teeth is relatively common among patients undergoing orthodontic treatments,” Kingsley said. “And the majority of those teeth are healthy, containing viable tooth root pulp that offers opportunities for reproducing cells that have been damaged or destroyed by injuries or disease.”Tooth root pulp—which sounds like a derivative of the bone marrow food craze (would you like that roasted or grilled?)—contains two types of “prized” stem cells: pluripotent and multipotent.“Initially, the answer seemed simple: crack the tooth in half like a nut and remove the pulp,” Mah said.Not so fast: By their very nature, our pearly whites grow into non-uniform shapes with irregular surfaces; prying out stem cells would require drilling into, removing the top of, or shattering the tooth—all of which can lead to a low recovery rate.Former dental student Happy Ghag came to the rescue, developing an instrument the researchers called “Tooth Cracker 5000,” which scores the tooth, allowing for a clean break—as if you’re custom-cutting glass. The result, according to UNLV: “a perfectly halved tooth, with immediate access to undamaged and uncontaminated root pulp.”The team reported 100 percent success after testing the prototype on 25 teeth.Progress continued when Mah, Kingsley, and Co. determined that 80 percent of their extracted cells remained viable—compared to an average pulp recovery rate of about 20 percent.“Saying the test results were promising is a gross understatement,” Mah said. “We realized we’d invented an extraction process that produced four times the recovery success rate for viable stem cells. The potential application is enormous.”The number of pluripotent stem cells found in teeth decrease dramatically after adults reach age 30. But preservation could be as easy as donating blood: If people have their wisdom teeth removed or are getting a root canal, valuable cells could be harvested at the time, and stored cryogenically for later use.Future applications of the teeth tech include therapies for cognitive diseases such as Alzheimer’s or Parkinson’s, the University boasted.“The next challenge,” Kingsley explained, “is reliably collecting the stem cells early enough and storing them successfully so they can be used when needed.”Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

American and Japanese descendants unite after 75 years to ensure Attu occupation

first_imgAleutian veterans, Attuan survivors and descendants, and the families of Japanese soldiers gathered to commemorate the 75th Anniversary of the Battle of Attu. (Photo courtesy of Lisa Hupp/USFWS)In war, no one walks away unscathed. The Battle of Attu was no exception.Listen nowBut 75 years after one of the deadliest battles fought on north American soil, representatives from all affected parties joined together to ensure this history is never forgotten. This weekend, former Attu residents, as well as veterans of the Aleutian campaign and descendants of the Japanese soldiers joined together to commemorate the tragedy and honor the legacy of those lost.The closing ceremony was held in an airplane hangar at the Alaska Aviation Museum.While the Aleutian campaign is not well known and often called the forgotten war, Mayor Crystal Dushkin says that’s not true for her.“I’m here to tell you that for our people – the Unangax people of the Aleutian islands and those descendants of the people of Attu — it has never been forgotten and it never will be,” Dushkin said.Dushkin’s grandmother Mary Snigaroff (nee Prokopeuff) was born on Attu and later moved to Atka.Forty-two Attu residents were taken to Japan and held as prisoners of war – nearly half died of malnutrition and starvation. After the war, the U.S. government would not allow them to return home to their island.Unangax from other Aleutian communities were rounded up by the federal government and placed in internment camps in southeast Alaska.Dushkin says during World War II Unangax were caught in a crossfire between the U.S. and Japan.“It was not our fight to begin with, not our battle, not our war,” Dushkin said. “Yet our people suffered immeasurably both at the hands of the Japanese and at the hands of the U.S.”Dushkin hopes that the commemoration can help ensure the Aleutian campaign does not continue to be the forgotten war – in Japan or in America.Retired Lt. Colonel Bob Brocklehurst agrees. He was the first fighter pilot on Attu, but he didn’t learn about what happened to the Unangan people until last year.Brocklehurst wants the documentary film, When the Fog Clears – which premiered at the commemoration – to be widely distributed. It showed him that the opposing Japanese soldiers weren’t any different from him.“The film showed the Japanese with the same love for family. The same worries about their son in combat and army units, and the same respect that the son in uniform had for his wife back home,” Brocklehurst said. “Exactly identical to an American family.”Motoaki Asano came from Japan to attend the commemoration. His father Hiroo Okazaki died on Attu and is still buried there alongside more than 2,000 other Japanese soldiers. He spoke through a translator.“My father’s body is still on Attu, so I would like to bring him back as soon as possible,” Asano said.Asano says he learned about the suffering the Attu people endured during WWII, and is honored to work to make sure future generations never forget the forgotten war.“Some people in Japan are just looking toward the future and they’re not trying to look towards the past, so I have to work hard to keep this memory alive,” Asano said.This request to return the Japanese soldiers remains to Japan has been made of the Japanese government three times.Returning the remains would be complicated, but Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge manager Steve Delehanty says not impossible.After the closing ceremonies, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service got their own request from Attu Descendant Helena Schmitz.“I want my children’s, children’s children to be able to go back to Attu with no cost to us,” Schmitz said. “That’s the justice that needs to be done on our people. The U.S. government, the Japanese government and the Russian government took our culture away. And we need your help since [the USFWS] owns the island.”Schmitz says while the return trip last summer was an important step, it was not enough.Principal Deputy Director Greg Sheehan said he didn’t know what the options are, but said he’s open to talking more about the idea.last_img read more

Turkey calls Rohingya persecution an ethnic cleansing

first_imgTurkish PM wraps up visit seeking global support for Rohingya repatriation. Photo: UNBTurkish prime minister Binali Yildirim who visited Rohingya camps in Cox’s Bazar on Wednesday termed Myanmar’s brutal crackdown on its Rohingya minority “ethnic cleansing”.While talking to newsmen on the sidelines of his visit to Rohoingya camps, the Turkish prime minister also said it has become urgent for the international community to put in joint efforts for Rohingyas’ safe return to Myanmar, reports UNB.The Turkish prime minister arrived at Cox’s Bazar airport by a special flight at around 11am and he reached Balukhali Rohingya camp at about 11:54am.He inaugurated two field hospitals financed by the Turkish government and handed over two modern ambulances for the hospitals.Prime minister Yildirim had conversations with Rohingya men, women and children and listened to their horrific stories of tortures.Rohingyas described what they experienced at the brutal hands of Myanmar army and appreciated prime minister Sheikh Hasina’s role and for giving them shelter in Bangladesh.They demanded citizenship first if they are sent back to Myanmar under the repatriation agreement signed between Bangladesh and Myanmar.The Turkish prime minister listened to them and assured them of ensuring all facilities in Myanmar they deserve before the repatriation.Later, he distributed foodstuff in Kutupalong camp and left the camp at about 1:30pm.Foreign minister AH Mahmood Ali accompanied the Turkish prime minister during the visit.The Turkish prime minister left for home straight from Cox’s Bazar at 2:43pm. Foreign minister Mahmood Ali saw him off at the airport.He hoped that the bilateral document, signed between Bangladesh and Myanmar on 23 November will make Rohingyas’ return to their home possible soon.The Turkish premier urged the international community to enhance their support for Rohingyas in Bangladesh and finding a political solution to the crisis looking at it as a humanitarian crisis instead of seeing it as an issue of Bangladesh.Some 655,000 Rohingyas have crossed from Myanmar into Bangladesh since 25 August.On 7 September, Turkish first lady Emine Erdogan visited Rohingya camp and said what is happening in Myanmar’s Rakhine state is “tantamount to genocide” and solution to Rohingya crisis lies in Myanmar only.She also affirmed that the government of Turkey will stand beside the Rohingyas who have fled to Bangladesh in the face of ethnic cleansing in Myanmar’s Rakhine.last_img read more

Trump Signs 2 Year Spending Bill Averting Shutdown

first_imgZach Gibson/Getty ImagesCongress approved a bipartisan budget agreement shortly before sunrise.Updated at 9:07 a.m. ETPresident Trump signed a bipartisan budget agreement Friday morning, following approval of the bill in Congress shortly before sunrise.Just signed Bill. Our Military will now be stronger than ever before. We love and need our Military and gave them everything — and more. First time this has happened in a long time. Also means JOBS, JOBS, JOBS!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 9, 2018The two-year spending pact will let lawmakers spend $300 billion more than current law allows.The deal suspends a 2011 budget law championed by conservatives that set hard caps on discretionary spending and included an automatic trigger known as “sequester” cuts if Congress attempted to bust those spending caps.The bill also included a one-time emergency influx of about $90 billion to help with ongoing recovery efforts for the hurricanes and wildfires that have hit the U.S. in recent months. All told, the bill hikes federal spending about $400 billion through September 2019.Fiscal conservatives squawked at new spending levels. Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., delayed the vote on the bipartisan measure to rail against his fellow Republicans for acquiescing to more spending than they ever did under President Barack Obama. The delays forced a partial government shutdown after midnight, to minimal impact.“I ran for office because I was critical of President Obama’s trillion-dollar deficits,” Paul said on the floor. “Now we have Republicans hand-in-hand with Democrats offering us trillion-dollar deficits.”Alex Wong/Getty ImagesSen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., blocked a budget deal Thursday as the government ran out of funding at midnight. Paul sought a vote on an amendment to restore budget caps in the funding bill.The Senate passed the measure 71-28.The bill was equally delayed in the House after Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., made an impassioned case to her colleagues this week to vote against a bipartisan measure negotiated by her Senate counterpart, Minority Leader Chuck Schumer.Many Democrats support the budget deal, but were unhappy with the compromise because it doesn’t tackle immigration — specifically addressing the plight of DREAMers, including the roughly 700,000 immigrants who are in the U.S. illegally after being brought to the country as children and who are enrolled in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which is set to expire on March 5.In the end, however, Democrats declined to hold the spending bill hostage over immigration.The House ultimately passed the measure on a bipartisan 240-186 vote just after 5:30 a.m. Only 73 Democrats voted for the bill; 67 Republicans voted against it.The bill faced similar opposition in the House from fiscal conservatives who saw it as a broken promise to their base.With a budget deal wrapped, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., has already started the procedural hurdles to begin an open Senate debate next week on immigration. House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., pledged on the House floor early Friday morning that he also intended to address immigration.“My commitment to working together on an immigration measure that we can make law is a sincere commitment. We will solve this DACA problem,” he said. Sharelast_img read more

Goway names Craig Canvin new VP for UK and Europe

first_img Posted by Goway names Craig Canvin new VP for UK and Europe TORONTO — Goway Travel has appointed Craig Canvin to the newly created position of VP UK-Europe.Craig Canvin“We have been searching for six months for the right person,” says Goway Founder and President, Bruce Hodge. “In the process, we came to realize the potential for UK-Europe to be as big as our Australia & South Pacific program.”Canvin is a veteran travel executive with more than 30 years of experience developing travel experiences for travellers on all budgets.Before coming to Goway, Canvin held senior positions at Kensington Tours and with Thomas Cook’s Independent Travel Division focusing on Holiday House, Fun Sun Tours and Inter Vacations.Goway is known for its customized itineraries, and the expert knowledge of its staff. Canvin’s skills and experience make him an excellent fit to fulfil both of those commitments, says Hodge. “ currently features well over 500 European travel ideas for agents. With Craig at the helm, we expect this to double over the next 18 months,” says Hodge. << Previous PostNext Post >> Tags: Britain & Europe, Goway Travel, Peoplecenter_img Wednesday, November 22, 2017 Share Travelweek Group last_img read more

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