London Olympics: Matthew Grevers wins men’s 100m backstroke swimming gold, sets Games record

first_imgAmerican Matthew Grevers powered to gold in the men’s 100m backstroke final on Monday, setting a new Olympic record along the way. The double Beijing Olympics champion in relays was second on the turn but pushed hard in the final straight to win it in 52.16 seconds.That easily bettered Aaron Piersol’s 2008 Olympic record of 52.54, when Grevers took the silver.”It feels incredible. I came so close back in 2008 and when Aaron retired I knew I stood a chance.”Grevers’ teammate Nick Thoman claimed the silver in 52.92 seconds, with the bronze going to Japan’s Ryosuke Irie, who was a split second back.Thoman said there were no hard feelings losing out to a teammate.”We are all members of team USA. They’re great teammates and we all help push each other. They’re great guys and this result is down to everyone,” said Thoman, a World Champion in the 4×100-metre medley.Home favourite Liam Tancock, the world record holder in the 50m backstroke, could only manage fifth.last_img read more

IPL 9: Gujarat Lions happy to have roped in ‘talented’ players

first_imgNew franchise Gujarat Lions and its owner Keshav Bansal are happy of the fact that they were able to rope in “experienced and talented” players during the IPL auction.”We have a strong core team, we worked hard on structure draft that was submitted to the Indian Premier League (IPL) to pick up players and I am satisfied that I managed to get the players which I wanted in my team,” Bansal told reporters at the SCA stadium in Khandheri, Rajkot.”We wanted to make a balanced team with experience and talent and I am happy that we could manage to get the experience and talented cricketers” he said.He also expressed joy over the fact that “great players” like Suresh Raina, Ravindra Jadeja among others will play for Gujarat Lions.”Suresh Raina, Ravindra Jadeja, Brendon McCullum, James Faulkner, Dwayne Bravo all are great players and have done well for their respective country and I am happy that these players would play from Gujarat Lions,” he said.When asked about skipper Raina’s recent dismal form, he said, “Every player faces this problem in their career, (Suresh) Raina is a matured cricketer and I don’t think that he would be under pressure for leading a side first time in IPL. Every player remains under pressure to perform well and (Suresh) Raina has very good track record. Our focus is to provide a suitable atmosphere for players to perform well.”The Lions will play their first match on April 11 against Kings XI Punjab in Mohali in the IPL.advertisement(with PTI inputs)last_img read more

AEK Athens Wins 2-0 at Giannena, Stays 2nd in Greek League

first_imgAEK Athens beat Giannena 2-0 away on Sunday to stay second in the Greek league, 15 points behind leader Olympiakos.Ronald Vargas opened the scoring in the sixth minute with a close-range shot and Helder Barbosa added a second in the 59th with a volley from inside the area.Both teams created few chances on a soggy pitch. Giannena should have equalized in the 39th, but goalkeeper Yiannis Anestis saved Stavros Tsoukalas’ penalty kick.Panathinaikos slipped to fourth after a 0-0 draw with Panionios, swapping places with PAOK, which moved up to third by beating Veria 2-1.Asteras came from a goal down to beat Kalloni 3-1 at home.Olympiakos will try to maintain its perfect record with a win at Platanias on Monday.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img

Book seeks to decode the enigma called Tiger Woods

first_imgNew Delhi, Sep 26 (PTI) Tiger Woods, who just clinched his first PGA title in five years, is the most mysterious athlete of his time, an enigma obsessed with privacy who mastered the art of being invisible in plain sight, of saying something while revealing virtually nothing, says a new book on the champion golfer.Investigative journalists Jeff Benedict and Armen Keteyian have come out with a biography of Woods, packed with behind-the-scenes details of the Shakespearean rise and epic fall of a global icon.”Tiger Woods” offers a 360-degree look at Woods’ entire life to date, closely examines his roots and the vital role his parents played in his epic rise, fall, and return.The authors say Woods’ greatest victory is not in golf but rather in his journey back into the light, and for the first time in many years, into life.In 2009, Woods was a transcendent star of almost unfathomable fame and fortune living what appeared to be the perfect life – married to a Swedish beauty and the father of two young children.Winner of 14 major golf championships and 79 PGA Tour events, Woods was the first billion-dollar athlete, earning more than USD 100 million a year in endorsements from the likes of Nike, Gillette, AT&T and Gatorade.But it was all a carefully crafted illusion. As it turned out, Woods had been living a double life for years – one that exploded in the aftermath of a late-night crash that exposed his serial infidelity and sent his personal and professional life off a cliff.advertisementIn “Tiger Woods”, Benedict and Keteyian dig deep behind the headlines as they seek an answer to the question that has mystified millions of sports fans for nearly a decade: who is Tiger Woods?The book, published by Simon & Schuster, draws on more than 400 interviews with people from every corner of Woods’ life – friends, family members, teachers, romantic partners, swing coaches, business associates, Tour pros and members of his inner circle.According to the authors, Woods will forever be measured against Jack Nicklaus, who won more major championships.”But the Tiger Effect can’t be measured in statistics. A literary comparison may be more fitting. Given the full spectrum of his awe-inspiring gifts, Woods was nothing less than a modern-day Shakespeare. He was someone no one had ever seen or will ever see again,” they say.”The Woods family dynamic,” they say, “made Tiger the most mysterious athlete of his time, an enigma obsessed with privacy who mastered the art of being invisible in plain sight, of saying something while revealing virtually nothing”. PTI ZMN RBRBlast_img read more

Opara named MLS Defender of the Year

first_imgMLS Ike Opara named MLS Defender of the Year Goal 03:16 11/10/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Ike Opara Sporting Kansas City Jamie Valdez MLS Sporting KC The Sporting KC center back posted a career year in 2017, setting a career high in starts and minutes while anchoring the league’s top defense Sporting Kansas City defender Ike Opara has been named the 2017 Major Leage Soccer Defender of the Year, the league announced Thursday. The 28-year-old made 30 starts for Sporting KC in 2017, anchoring a defense that conceded a league-low 29 goals on the season. After battling injuries for much of his career, Opara finally stayed healthy in 2017, setting career highs in games played (30), games started (30) and minutes played (2,700).  Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player 1 – Ike Opara was the only MLS player in the 2017 regular season to have at least 100 duels won, 100 clearances, and three goals. Stalwart.— OptaJack (@OptaJack) November 9, 2017Opara led Sporting KC’s back line in interceptions (2.7 per game) and was second in clearances (3.8 per game). He also posted the best passing number of his career, 86.1 percent, being narrowly edged out for best on the team by Graham Zusi.“I am truly honored to be named 2017 MLS Defender of the Year,” Opara said in a club release. “Although this is an individual award, it wouldn’t have been possible without the unwavering support from many people over the years. That includes team owners, staff, teammates, fans, doctors, friends and family.The award was voted on by MLS club technical staff, media, and MLS players. Justin Morrow of Toronto FC finished second in the total voting, followed by Vancouver’s Kendall Waston. Leandro Gonzalez Pirez, Matt Besler and Joevin Jones round out the top six.last_img read more

Newcastle’s Matty Longstaff stuns Manchester United with goal on debut

first_img 30 Atsu Newcastle 1-0 Manchester United: Premier League – as it happened (s 60′) Share on Twitter MNU68NEW32% Share on LinkedIn Pinterest 8 Mata 6 Lascelles 28 Gomes (s 83′) Share on Facebook 17 Fred Share on Messenger Match stats 36 Longstaff 20 Dalot Maybe, just maybe, Steve Bruce and Newcastle United might not be heading for a painful, and very public, divorce after all.Perhaps the home manager’s bravery in offering 19-year-old Matty Longstaff his Premier League debut alongside his older brother Sean in central midfield will one day come to be regarded as a watershed moment on both sides of the Pennines.Whatever the future holds for Bruce and his increasingly beleaguered Manchester United counterpart, Ole Gunnar Solskjær, the Longstaff family will never forget the afternoon tears tumbled down Matty’s cheeks after he registered an imperiously unerring 25-yard winning goal which might as well have been an arrow through the Norwegian’s heart. In simultaneously relieving the considerable stress building around Newcastle’s manager and increasing the pressure mounting on Solskjær, Longstaff minor lifted his team out of the relegation zone and left the visitors hovering only two points above the bottom three.Manchester United’s manager watched in dismay as his side – without an away win since March – exhibited an almost painful lack of invention, improvisation and incision in the course of another horribly ponderous, at times almost slow motion performance, in the north-east rain. 10 Newcastle Off target 9 Man Utd 2 Newcastle On target 3 Man Utd Premier League 38 Tuanzebe Fouls match reports 26 Darlow 24 Almiron 15 Andreas Pereira 2 Clark 26 Greenwood A disconsolate Ole Gunnar Solskjær waves to Manchester United’s travelling fans after their 1-0 defeat at Newcastle. Photograph: Jan Kruger/Getty Images 4 6 15 Willems 22 Yedlin 18 Young Newcastle 10 Saint-Maximin 8 Shelvey 9 Joelinton 3 Dummett 7 Carroll 21 James 53 Williams Substitutes 39 McTominay 17 Krafth (s 66′) 68 32 9 9 Share via Email 5 Maguire Share on Pinterest MNU NEW 1 de Gea 44 Chong (s 86′) Facebook The Fiver: sign up and get our daily football email. Substitutes Read more Lineups (s 90′) Corners 16 Rojo Goal attempts 12 Gayle There is no danger of Andy Carroll walking alone on Tyneside and, sure enough, the returning local hero was cheered to the rafters as he replaced Joelinton early in the second period. By now Rashford had been relocated to his left-wing comfort zone but Carroll had no qualms about assuming the classic No 9 role from where he revelled in discomfiting Maguire and company.Significantly Bruce’s self-styled “divine ponytail” offered important, opponent disrupting, nuisance value at a pivotal juncture in which the power balance seemed to finally be tilting towards an almost imperceptibly improved Manchester United.No matter that the closest Carroll came to actually scoring featured a header which whizzed wide his distracting presence served to galvanise teammates and, shortly afterwards, the capricious breeze tugging at the corner flags proved an ill wind for SolskjærLongstaff’s goal was coming and it proved a thing of beauty both individually and collectively with Saint Maximin and Willems deploying speed, skill and sheer cunning to take out an assortment of visiting markers before Willems cut-back for the debutant to shoot crisply and cleanly beyond De Gea before promptly bursting into tears. The blend of unbridled joy and sheer relief etched across Bruce’s face confirmed that a week really can be a very long time in football while Manchester United fans felt like crying themselves. 43 Longstaff 31 Matic 22 Romero 10 Rashford Read more Topics Manchester United Possession Man Utd 5 Schar Share on WhatsApp (s 56′) Twitter When Manchester United had an even worse start to the season … in 1989 Newcastle United 1 Dubravka Last Sunday night Newcastle had flown back to Tyneside in silence after a 5-0 thrashing at Leicester but a week on it was Manchester United’s turn to endure what must have been an excruciatingly uncomfortable plane ride home.At a time when his tenure is being compared unfavourably with that of José Mourinho’s it is hard to envisage Solskjær’s Old Trafford reign extending beyond the short term.Not that Bruce had much sympathy as he celebrated his first managerial victory against the club where he once proved a bedrock of Sir Alex Ferguson’s defence. Presiding over his 400th Premier League game as a manager he was not too proud to deploy a gameplan bearing a few of Rafael Benítez’s fingerprints.Under Benítez last season Newcastle thrived in an immaculately drilled 3-4-3 formation and, with Bruce’s attempts to modify that configuration having produced a series of disappointing results, culminating with that Leicester thrashing, he reverted, reluctantly, to the Spaniard’s blueprint.Newcastle immediately looked radically improved with the excellent Allan Saint-Maximin’s left-sided advances repeatedly ruffling their guests and Matty Longstaff, looking very much at home.Only the woodwork came between the latter and a first-half goal after he collected Jetro Willems’ short pass, took a steadying touch with his left foot and then unleashed a sublime right footed 20-yard half volley which ricocheted back off the crossbar.Not to be upstaged by his younger brother, Sean Longstaff – apparently targeted by Manchester United last summer – whipped in a corner for Fabian Schär to head narrowly off target.Manchester United had still to register a shot on target but that finally changed in the 42nd minute when Andreas Pereira directed a long-range effort straight at Martin Dubravka in the Newcastle goal. With Solskjær’s players retaining quite a bit of possession yet doing precious little with it, Newcastle’s counterattacking tactics afforded them a much more menacing look. Even so, Bruce’s defence very nearly paid the price for losing concentration at a set piece.Maybe Manchester United’s recent incompetence at dead balls had lulled them into a false sense of security but the marking was inexcusably slapdash as Harry Maguire all too easily lost Schär before connecting with Ashley Young’s excellent corner. Positioned around four yards out Maguire seemed certain to score but instead somehow headed wide.If that represented a reprieve for Bruce, Solskjær seemed to be ageing by the minute as Saint-Maximin enjoyed the freedom of St James’ and looked mighty relieved as Miguel Almirón – still goalless in a Newcastle shirt – seamlessly controlled a dropping ball and appeared odds on to test David de Gea only to hesitate at the vital moment and permit the visiting defence to regroup.Bruce cursed beneath his breath but Marcus Rashford made a much more minimal impact than the Paraguayan, barely touching the ball in a first half when Manchester United’s £250,000-a-week striker invariably found himself isolated in attack. Reuse this contentlast_img read more

Chris Gayle feels after Virat Kohli, KL Rahul will serve Indian cricket for long

first_imgChris Gayle feels after Virat Kohli, KL Rahul will serve Indian cricket for longIPL 2019: KL Rahul has let his bat do the talking and alongside his Kings XI Punjab teammate Gayle forged one of the most destructive opening combinations in the ongoing IPL.advertisement Press Trust of India New DelhiApril 29, 2019UPDATED: April 29, 2019 17:20 IST KL Rahul and Chris Gayle have been the highest scorers for Kings XI Punjab in IPL 2019 (Courtesy by BCCI)HIGHLIGHTSKL Rahul and Chris Gayle have been the highest scorers for Kings XI Punjab this seasonHowever, Gayle’s advise for Rahul would be to not take undue pressureGayle is also highly impressed by the work ethic of captain R AshwinKL Rahul is a phenomenal talent who has the ability to emulate Virat Kohli’s heady achievements if he remains in his “zone”, feels none other than ‘Universe Boss’ Chris Gayle.Rahul, 27, has overcome probably the toughest phase in his life and career which saw him endure a dismal run on the Test tour of Australia and an interim BCCI suspension for making sexist comments on a TV chat show alongside India teammate Hardik Pandya.Having put that phase behind, Rahul let his bat do the talking and alongside his Kings XI Punjab teammate, Gayle forged one of the most destructive opening combinations in the ongoing IPL.”KL is definitely one of the players that comes to my mind (when you talk about the current India players), I hope he produces the goods like Virat. After Virat, it should be him,” Gayle told PTI in an exclusive interview.However, Gayle’s advise for Rahul would be to not take undue pressure.”But it is not necessary for him to put himself under that kind of pressure, he needs to be himself, stay in his zone and try not to compete with anyone.”You have a lot of talent (in India), I could go on and on and most of them don’t even get the opportunity (to play for the national team),” said the 39-year-old West Indian, who is in top form ahead of his 5th World Cup.Both Rahul and Gayle have been the leading-run getters for Kings XI Punjab this season, having scored close to 450 runs in 11 games to warm up for the World Cup in near perfect fashion.advertisementThe Jamaican, who is into his second season with the franchise, has proved his detractors wrong time and again after being bought only for his base price in the auction before the 2018 edition.Ahead of the 2019 IPL, he was in devastating touch in the home ODI series against England, smashing two hundreds and as many half-centuries in the five-match contest.”Two years I have been here (with KXIP) and it has been phenomenal. I love the Punjab style. I am getting to work with a great bunch of people and hopefully, we can do something special for the franchise. The aim is to get to the playoffs and take it from there.”He is also highly impressed by the work ethic of captain Ravichandran Ashwin, who has not played limited overs cricket for India in the past two years with wrist spinners taking center-stage.”I don’t know what happened there (why he is not in India’s limited overs setup). He has been a phenomenal bowler for India. He is a very passionate bowler, equally passionate as captain and someone who strongly believes in his ability as well his team’s. It is very good to see that in a captain,” added Gayle.Also Read | Chris Gayle hopes for fairy-tale finish at ICC 2019 Cricket World CupAlso Read | IPL 2019: I am not scary. No need to fear Universe Boss, says Chris GayleFor 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 byAjay Tiwari Tags :Follow IPL 2019Follow Chris GayleFollow KL Rahullast_img read more

Q&A with Ben Saunders before his First Solo Expedition Across Antarctica

first_imgTM: Do you have a favorite piece from Canada Goose?BS: There’s something really special about my down-filled Canada Goose Mountaineer Parka. It always represents a kind of safety for me and I feel invincible with this amount of insulation. The Mountaineer Parka is quite reassuring — you’re not ready for the day’s work until you put it on.TM: I heard that you’ll consume 6,250 calories a day. How in the world?BS: Yeah, it’s an awful lot of food to try and consume, but I need to make sure I keep my calorie intake high as I will be burning around 8,000-9,000 calories a day through physical exertion. It’s one of the biggest challenges of the trip: I will physically be working really hard, traveling on foot, wearing a harness, and dragging a sled behind me. Every morning I will have two hours in my tent before I start moving to prep for the day. During this time, I melt snow so I can make my breakfast and my morning shake (egg yolk powder and protein). I’ll also make two liters of hot energy drink for the day. Then, while I’m skiing, I will have a break every 60-90 minutes. I’ll stop, sit on my sled, have a drink and one of my snacks for the day. This happens about six times a day before I set up camp for the night and melt some more snow to cook my dinner — another 900 calories.TM: Other than staying fueled, what are the most important sub-zero survival tips?BS: 1) Stay humble. My first big expedition (unsupported to the North Pole from Russia in 2001) was a steep learning curve. I mistakenly thought success would mean toughing it out and ignoring discomfort and pain. As a result, I ended up with frostbite and nearly lost a toe in an episode that taught me to pay attention to warning signs and not be afraid to ask for help.2) Stay alert. An ability to put your head down, grit your teeth, and do what it takes is important in any endurance challenge, and more so in a challenging environment, but don’t forget to pop your head up occasionally and make sure you’re keeping tabs on your own well-being, as well as the people around you.3) Look after your gear. On a big expedition, a broken zip or ski binding could spell the end of months of hard work and years of ambition. It pays to make sure your equipment and clothing is clean and well-maintained.Sold on visiting wild Antarctica? Check these cool cruises and other bucket list adventures to the southernmost continent.Feature image courtesy of Natural World Safaris. Editors’ Recommendations On the Road with Mikah Meyer, the First Person to Visit Every National Park Site in One Trip 1 of 4 Slopestyle Mountain Bike Champion Emil Johansson Talks Tricks, Staying Fit, and More Zach Klein Is the Reason We’re All Obsessed with Cabin Porn NASCAR Driver Brad Keselowski on Crashing, Winning, and Creating a Legacy Natural World SafarisWhile we’re waking up to a film of frost on the car windshield, assuming we know cold, Ben Saunders is attempting the first-ever solo, unsupported expedition across Antarctica. And when we say unsupported, we mean a 65-plus-day trek across sub-temperature ice and snow with only two pairs of underwear.Saunders left for the expedition on November 3, and The Manual corresponded with him en-route to chat about fending off loneliness and isolation, training for the insane trek, the epic kit that Canada Goose designed especially for him, WTF he eats, and a couple sub-zero survival tips all men should know.Ben Saunders/Facebook Ben Saunders/FacebookThe Manual: First off, do you have a boring job that pays the bills, or is arctic adventuring a full-time gig?Ben Saunders: You’d be amazed at the number of emails, PowerPoint presentations, and spreadsheets it takes to get something like this off the ground. I’ve been leading expeditions for almost 17 years now, and it doesn’t seem to get much easier. In between expeditions, I am a “motivational speaker” for want of a better term. I’ve spoken at TED three times, and I enjoy sharing my expeditions through my talks. At some point I should probably write a book …TM: What does training and prep look like for an expedition of this magnitude?BS: Physically, this sort of expedition involves a mixture of strength and endurance training. I have to be strong enough to drag my sled — 300 pounds, or the equivalent of a full-grown gorilla in a bathtub —  and have the stamina to cover 40 marathons back to back. I’m also going to be doing this journey in the coldest, driest, windiest, highest altitude place on earth — with temperatures reaching minus 40 degrees centigrade at times — so I need to put on weight, which I will lose while I’m out there due to the severity of the conditions. I’ve put on about 20 pounds for this expedition.Ben Saunders/Facebook Ben Saunders/FacebookTM: So, pretty much you’re a superhero?BS: Hah, I train all year round — predominantly running and cycling — so it was a case of adding sessions to my regime that were more specific for this expedition, such as weight training or long walks with a backpack with weights in it. I see myself as an unusual kind of athlete rather than an explorer in the old-fashioned sense. I’m not trying to find out where the South Pole is — that was done a long time ago. To me, this is about exploring human limits.TM: How do you mentally fend off loneliness and isolation? Do you talk to yourself?BS: I don’t remember feeling particularly lonely during my previous solo expeditions. Music definitely plays a big part in keeping me energized and present. When you’re on your own, you’re busy the whole time — you have to be alert and constantly aware of your surroundings. You’re looking at weather conditions, you’re navigating, you’re looking at the time, and you’re making sure you’re eating and drinking regularly. It does take a significant amount of mental stamina to stay focused.TM: What kind of music do you listen to?BS: The key thing, in terms of my music choices, is having fairly upbeat music, including electronic music and some hip-hop. Something melancholy just doesn’t work. It’ll send me spiraling into feeling sorry for myself and wondering what the heck I’m doing out there alone, on my Christmas day, in my tent. I will have three iPod Shuffles as they’re the smallest/lightest music-playing device, but they only hold a certain amount of music so I need a few!TM: Give us a glimpse of the rest of your complete pack:BS: My tent is probably my most valuable piece of equipment, without that I would be a bit stuck as it’s my only shelter. Then my essentials kit includes the following: iPod Shuffle, toothbrush, spoon, map, dehydrated food, energy bar, notebook, toiletry bag, watch, and teddy bear.TM: Wait … you travel with a teddy bear? Badass.BS: Barnaby Bear is a small teddy bear that is my good luck charm. He was given to me by a school many years ago. I’ve taken him on about four North Pole expeditions. I think he’s been to Greenland a couple times too. I sent him off with a friend of mine, Jake Meyer, who’s climbed the seven summits (the highest mountain on each continent). He’s also had two attempts at climbing K2. He is probably, I reckon, one of the world’s most traveled teddy bears. He came to the South Pole on the last trip in May and he’ll be coming back with me all the way across this time. Barnaby is my expedition companion.TM: What type of gear do you wear? I’d expect it has to be pretty gnarly.BS: Canada Goose has put together a kit made up of products from their current collection, as well as a small selection of customized items to meet the unique demands of my unsupported, unassisted expedition, including: HyBridge Lite Vest, Lodge Vest, Customized Timber Shell, Customized Trousers, and a Mountaineer Parka. Previous How to Pack a Dopp Kit (aka Toiletry Bag) for When You Won’t be Sleeping at Home Next last_img read more

Hundreds Expected for 37th Caribbean Travel Marketplace Expo in Mobay

first_imgStory Highlights Hundreds of local and regional tourism stakeholders will converge at the Montego Bay Convention Centre from January 29 to 31 for 37th Caribbean Travel Marketplace expo.Stakeholders expected to attend the three-day event include: hotel and destination representatives; wholesalers and tour operators; online travel agencies; Meetings, Incentives, Conventions and Exhibitions (MICE) planners; and members of the media.The expo aims to bring together approximately 140 buyers and suppliers for discussions geared towards promoting travel across the Caribbean.The discourse will focus on areas such as contracts; innovations and new ideas; and advancing negotiations.Tourism Minister, Hon. Edmund Bartlett, said the number of buyers and suppliers involved represents the largest since the event’s initial staging seven years ago.“There will be delegates from 24 Caribbean destinations and, for the first time, we will have major representation from China and India, which represent two of the largest travel markets,” he explained.He was speaking at a press conference at the Ministry’s offices in New Kingston on January 16 to provide updates on several initiatives slated for later this month in Montego Bay.Organised by the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA), Caribbean Travel Marketplace is being staged in collaboration with the Tourism Ministry, Jamaica Hotel and Tourism Association (JHTA), and Jamaica Tourist Board (JTB).Meanwhile, the CHTA’s Chief Marketing Officer, Matt Cooper, said Jamaica was chosen for the event because of the country’s position as a “thought leader”.“Jamaica is a country that is not afraid to take its thought leadership and make it into action. So we are really shining a light on Jamaica as a leader in Caribbean travel,” he said. Hundreds of local and regional tourism stakeholders will converge at the Montego Bay Convention Centre from January 29 to 31 for 37th Caribbean Travel Marketplace expo. Stakeholders expected to attend the three-day event include: hotel and destination representatives; wholesalers and tour operators; online travel agencies; Meetings, Incentives, Conventions and Exhibitions (MICE) planners; and members of the media. The expo aims to bring together approximately 140 buyers and suppliers for discussions geared towards promoting travel across the Caribbean.last_img read more

RoadPaving Contract Awarded in Annapolis County

first_imgDrivers on Highway 101 in the Bridgetown area, near the Rice Road exit and the Spurr Road Underpass, will see new paving work underway soon. About 8.5 kilometres of highway will be repaved. The Department of Transportation and Public Works has awarded a paving contract valued at $1,861,610 to Dexter Construction Co. Ltd. The project is scheduled for completion this summer. “Highway 101 is the transportation lifeline of the Annapolis Valley,” said Angus MacIsaac, Minister of Transportation and Public Works. “We need to keep existing lanes in shape, while twinning the highway continues.” The Department of Transportation and Public Works’ highways division manages more than 23,000 kilometres of roads in Nova Scotia. It maintains 4,100 bridges and operates seven provincial ferries. Staff members provide services from district offices in Bridgewater, Bedford, Truro and Sydney.last_img

Now 5kg LPG refill to power Ujjwala scheme

first_imgNew Delhi: The Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana (PMUY), which won the BJP-led NDA government a lot of rural women votes in the just concluded general elections, is expected to be further expanded under the incoming government with a focus on delivery and use of smaller 5 kg LPG gas cylinders. Under PMUY, gas connections are provided to BPL families with a support of Rs 1,600 for each connection. The LPG connection is provided in the name of the female member of the family. Also Read – Dussehra with a ‘green’ twistOfficial sources here said that the targeted 80 million connections under PMUY will be completed in the first 100 days of the new government. So far, Ujjwala connections have reached the 71.9-million mark. After this goal is achieved, use of smaller 5 kg cylinders would be made mandatory under the scheme so that it is available across the country. “The average LPG cylinder refill under Ujjwala is a pathetic 3 per annum while the national average stands close to seven refills in a year. Price of cylinders is a big factor here as refills are not 100 per cent subsidised,” a public sector oil marketing company executive said. While the customer in Delhi has to pay about Rs 712 at the time of purchasing a 14.2-kg cylinder (within per household limit of 12 refills), the subsidy amount paid in the female subscriber’s bank account under the DBT scheme is around Rs 215. In the case of 5-kg cylinder, the current cost of the refill is around Rs 260, the subsidy that will be credited to bank account is about Rs 80.last_img read more

5 persons injured in cylinder blast

first_imgNew Delhi: Five persons including a 5-year-old girl were injured on Wednesday after a cylinder exploded in west Delhi’s Moti Nagar area, police said.Fire officials said they received a call about the blast around 8.20 am. “Six fire tenders were rushed to the spot. The injured were admitted to a nearby hospital. Three persons have been referred to Safdarjung Hospital,” an official said. According to police, it is being suspected that the blast occurred due to gas leak. Also Read – Gurdwara Bangla Sahib bans single use plasticThe injured have been identified as Mohammad Chhotu, 45, Samoa Begum, 40, Mohammad Shahban, 25, Muskan, 5 are from the same family whereas the other injured was Mohammad Sadiq, 24. Deputy Commissioner of Police (West) Monika Bharadwaj said that FIR under appropriate sections is being registered. Two criminals arrested In another case, Outer Delhi Police arrested two brothers (criminals) from Mangolpuri area. Deputy Commissioner of Police (outer) Seju P Kuruvilla said that both the accused persons disclosed their identity as Rahul and Vipin. Both accused persons disclosed that they have committed robberies in the area of Paschim Vihar in the month of March 2019 by chocking the neck of the victims. They also disclosed that the recovered motorcycle was also stolen from the area of Paschim Vihar West police station. During the interrogation, both the accused persons disclosed that they are real brothers and indulged in such criminal activities for the past 10 years.last_img read more

TRS woman leader held for hitting traffic cop with footwear

first_imgHyderabad: A local TRS woman leader was arrested for allegedly smacking a constable with her footwear for recording a traffic violation by her family members, police said Friday. Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) Moula Ali women joint action committee president and ward member Syed Mohmooda Begum was booked for beating Traffic Constable Mohd Mujaffer along with her husband and three members of her family on Thursday, according to a release. The constable noticed three people riding a motorcycle and he recorded the traffic violation on a department-issued camera, it said. The release said on seeing the constable record the violation, one of the riders of the two-wheeler abused Mujaffer and left. Then after 15 minutes, they came with their family members — Begum and her husband — and slapped Mujaffer, the release said. The woman hit the constable with her footwear for recording the incident while the four others thrashed him, it said.last_img

Fishermen Pictou Landing FN oppose Nova Scotia mills pipeline

first_imgFishermen, Indigenous groups and concerned citizens oppose Nova Scotia pipeline.THE CANADIAN PRESSDozens of fishing boats steamed towards a hulking pulp mill in northern Nova Scotia on Friday, marking the climax of a boisterous demonstration that saw more than 1,000 protesters call on the mill’s owners to scuttle a plan to dump millions of litres of effluent a day into the Northumberland Strait.Chanting “No pipe, no way!” a long line of marchers streamed onto the pier of a sun-drenched marina in Pictou, which is directly across the town’s harbour from the massive Northern Pulp mill.A fishermen’s group estimated that about 200 boats were part of the flotilla that sailed into the breezy, choppy harbour around 1 p.m., then circled back to the marina as a protest rally got underway.Lynn Plexman, a retired local resident who moved from Ontario eight years ago, said the mill’s pipeline plan could hurt tourism and the fishing industry all along the strait between Nova Scotia and P.E.I.“I was shocked when I first found out about Northern Pulp’s plan,” she said, a placard reading, “No Pulp Waste in Our Water” leaning against her knees.“We are tired of the pollution. We’ve had tourists leave because of the air quality. Most people around here want it closed.”Though the kraft pulp mill provides much-needed jobs for the town of about 3,000 residents, its pipeline plan has also raised concerns about the impact on the lucrative lobster fishery.After years of pumping 70 million litres of treated wastewater daily into lagoons on the edge of the nearby Pictou Landing First Nation, Northern Pulp wants to dump it directly into the strait.Kathy Cloutier, a spokeswoman for Paper Excellence, said in a statement that of the 131 kraft mills operating in North America, about 20 per cent use a system like the one proposed for the mill at Abercrombie Point. The remaining 80 per cent use a system similar to the lagoon system now in use.Cloutier said options are limited, as no other effluent systems are used in either the U.S. or Canada.“Northern Pulp has thoroughly investigated treatment options available,” Cloutier said. “This $70-million project will considerably reduce the need for bleaching chemicals by 30 to 40 per cent to whiten the pulp as it progresses through the system.”Nonetheless, Pictou Landing First Nation Chief Andrea Paul said her people’s fight against the mill isn’t over.“There have been many people working tirelessly for years to bring this to the forefront,” she said after stepping from one of the fishing boats in the harbour.“This is not going to end today. We will continue to be on this water because we have a duty to protect all that lives in the water.”Pictou Mayor Jim Ryan told the crowd that the province’s decision to conduct a Class 1 environmental assessment wasn’t good enough. He wants a federal environmental assessment.“The town of Pictou will continue to take the firm position that protection of the fishing industry is paramount,” he said, sunshine glinting off the large chain of office around his neck.Earlier in the day, P.E.I. Premier Wade MacLauchlan issued a statement saying he had written to federal Environment Minister Catherine McKenna and Nova Scotia Premier Stephen McNeil to express his concerns about the potential impact on the ecosystem of the Northumberland Strait.“Given the amount of time that has passed and fresh uncertainty about the Northern Pulp proposal, I believe there is now an opportunity to take a more fully collaborative approach,” the letter says.The mill’s parent company, Paper Excellence based in Richmond, B.C., has said the mill and its 300 employees will be out of work unless it can build a pipeline that would meet all federal environmental standards:“The bottom line is no pipe equals no mill.”Under provincial legislation passed in 2015, the mill has until 2020 to replace its current treatment plant in nearby Boat Harbour, and McNeil confirmed Thursday he is sticking with that deadline.He said he didn’t know much about the protest, adding that he wasn’t surprised by the reaction to the pipeline proposal.“Any time there’s a development, there will be those who have opposing views, and they are polarizing at times,” McNeil said after he shuffled his cabinet Thursday, appointing a new environment minister in the process.Before the protest got underway in Pictou, Nova Scotia NDP Leader Gary Burrill said the province should abandon its plans to conduct a Class 1 assessment and instead order a more stringent Class 2 assessment.If that doesn’t happen, then the federal government should be approached to conduct a comprehensive review, he said.“Either of these would accomplish the goal of having entirely trustworthy information in front of everybody,” Burrill said.He also called attention to the mill’s spotty environmental record as its ownership has changed hands several times since it opened in 1967.The lagoons contain nearly 50 years worth of toxic waste, which former Nova Scotia environment minister Iain Rankin has called one of the worst cases of environmental racism in Canada.In February, groups representing fishermen in Nova Scotia, P.E.I., and New Brunswick suspended further meetings with the mill after voicing frustration over its insistence on a pipe.Earlier this month, the company said the proposed route of a pipeline would be changed to avoid potential ice damage. That means the company has delayed filing its environmental assessment with the province.The mill generates over $200 million annually for the provincial economy by making 280,000 tonnes of kraft pulp annually, primarily for tissue, towel, toilet and photo copy paper.last_img read more

Council rejects proposed Toboggan Hill Snow Park

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – City of Fort St. John Staff presented Council with options to develop the Toboggan Hill Park for the upcoming 2020 Winter Games.Staff asked Council if there would be interest in a temporary or permanent structure to support a working snow hill feature used in competitions for Freestyle and Snowboarding at the Winter Games.Freestyle is the discipline of skiing over moguls and doing aerials while Snowboarding is a newly added event to the Winter Games with the 1/2 pipe and slopestyle events. Council stated; Since the creation of a snow park at Toboggan Hill Park was not part of Councils strategic plan and has not been included in the 2019 or future capital budgets, the request for consideration was declined.In 2017, community volunteers built a temporary snowboard park on Toboggan Hill.last_img

Obama Wishes Happy Ramdan to Muslims Around the World

Taroudant- At the beginning of Ramadan, the holy month observed by Muslims around the world, the President of the United States Barak Obama sent his best wishes to Muslims in the United States and all over the world.According to the Associated Press (AP), President Obama said, in a televised statement, “the U.S. is grateful for Muslim-American organizations, individuals and businesses that work to reduce the income gap and poverty through charitable efforts and programs that provide education, skills and health care to students, workers and families.”The President said that he is “looking forward to opening the White House to Muslim Americans for a traditional iftar dinner,” according to the same source. In a statement issued on its official website, the Fiqh Council of North America marked June 28 as the first day of Ramadan of this year.On the basis of the astronomical calculation, which is the method recognized by the council, Ramadan started on Saturday, June 28, 2014 in North America. Eid al-Fitr will be celebrated on Monday, July 28, 2014. read more

Afghanistan UN strongly condemns assassination of former president

Media reports indicate that Professor Rabbani – who was serving as Chairman of the High Peace Council in Afghanistan – was killed at his home in Kabul, the capital, as he was meeting with members of the Taliban in a bid to bring about a rapprochement.A number of people were injured, including Mohammad Masoom Stanekzai, the head of the joint secretariat of Afghanistan’s Peace and Reintegration Programme, according to a news release issued by UNAMA.“I condemn in the strongest possible terms this attack on people who were working to bring peace in Afghanistan,” Mr. Ban said in a statement. He also reiterated the UN’s commitment to supporting Afghanistan and its people in attaining peace and stability.Both the Secretary-General and the mission extended their deepest condolences to the families of those affected.Staffan de Mistura, the head of UNAMA and the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Afghanistan, stressed that “the search for peace must continue,” adding that the mission will assist efforts to bring peace to the violence-wracked country. 20 September 2011Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) have voiced shock and sadness after learning of the deaths earlier today of Burhanuddin Rabbani, the former president who has been spearheading recent peace and reconciliation efforts within the country, and several colleagues in an apparent suicide attack. read more

Ban stresses people power and partnerships at start of second term as

3 January 2012UN AffairsBan Ki-moon has begun his second term as UN Secretary-General by pledging to harness the “power of partnerships” to respond to the planet’s biggest challenges, such as climate change, poverty and women’s empowerment. Ban Ki-moon has begun his second term as Secretary-General of the United Nations by pledging to harness “the strong power of partnerships” to respond to the planet’s biggest challenges, such as tackling climate change, combating poverty and empowering women and girls.In an interview today with the UN News Centre and UN Radio to mark the start of his second term, Mr. Ban, 67, stressed the need for unity, particularly among Member States and their citizens.“Together, nothing is impossible,” he said, adding that “if we strengthen these partnerships among governments, business communities, civil organizations and philanthropists, then I think all these powerful partnerships can bring us towards the right direction.”Mr. Ban reiterated his priorities for the second term, spelling out the five “generational opportunities” he sees for the UN: promoting sustainable development; preventing natural and man-made crises and disasters; making the world safer and more secure; helping countries and peoples in transition; and encouraging gender empowerment.“We have to connect the dots among climate change, [the] food crisis, water scarcity, energy shortages and women’s empowerment and global health issues. These are all interconnected issues.”Mr. Ban, whose second five-year term as Secretary-General began on Sunday, said “people power” and deepening globalization represented the biggest development since he first took office in 2007.“We have seen so many people – marginalized people, oppressed people – who have been yearning for democracy, their dignity and human rights. We have [a] heavy responsibility to help them in [their] transition to democracy.“With the deepening of globalization, we have seen so many things happening in the world. There are many good ideas and many people really wanted to be connected… We have to help this transition to materialize as soon as possible. Being united depends on us.”The Secretary-General cited his meeting with a boy during a visit last year to the South Pacific island country of Kiribati – where the land is threatened by rising sea waters – as an example of the enormous faith and expectations which the peoples of the world invest in the UN.“He appealed to me to ‘Please help us address this climate change. Our homes and our way of life may be swept away overnight’,” Mr. Ban recalled, saying it is one of the reasons why climate change must remain at the top of the global agenda.The Secretary-General also emphasized the need to keep modernizing the UN in his second term to help the 193-member world body adapt to contemporary changes.“Technology outpaces our current thinking, peoples’ ideas and our current way of working,” he noted. “We have to make our Organization more nimble, more efficient and effective, and transparent and accountable.” read more

Heres What Happened Today Thursday

first_img Here’s What Happened Today: Thursday Here’s what made the headlines today. Thursday 25 Apr 2019, 8:53 PM Apr 25th 2019, 8:53 PM Get our daily news round up: By Garreth MacNamee Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlecenter_img No Comments NEED TO CATCH up? brings you a round-up of today’s news.IRELAND Sally Devereux-O’Connor enjoying peek a boo during Story, Rhythm and Rhyme with Deirdre Ryan during Cork World Book Fest at Cork City Library Source: Clare KeoghGardaí appealed for information after a man was shot in Drogheda this afternoon.Superquinn founder Feargal Quinn died at the age of 82. Residents living in Mosney Direct Provision centre in Co Meath have held a protest today over the treatment of fellow residents by staff and management at the centre.A 15-year-old girl pimped by girlfriend for drugs and money to be placed in a facility for troubled teens.It emerged that the national prize bond fund has reached record levels of over €3.4 billion.It emerged how measles cases in Ireland have increased by over 200%.A number of shots were fired at a house in Cushlawn Park in Tallaght overnight.The leaders of Northern Ireland’s two largest political parties faced questions about the continued closure of the Northern Assembly following Lyra McKee’s funeral yesterday. The latest report from the Standards in Public Office Commission (Sipo) revealed that Labour TD Alan Kelly declared the highest amount of money in political donations last year.WORLD  Kim Jong Un and Putin shake hands during a meeting at the Far Eastern Federal University. Source: Alexei Nikolsky via PA#SRI LANKA: The death toll from the Easter bombings has been revised down by over 100. #FRANCE: Emmanuel Macron vowed to press ahead with his government’s programme and added that public order must be restored after months of protests.#USA: Joe Biden announced he is running for US president in 2020.PARTING SHOTToday is world penguin day – so here’s a video of some of the gas lads having the craic. Click here if the video doesn’t work. Source: funnyplox/YouTubeComments are off as legal proceedings are ongoing in one or more of the above stories. 12,934 Views Short URL Share Tweet Email last_img read more