Yuvraj Singh Wishes Sania Mirza On Birthday With Quirky Post, Her Reply Will Leave You in Splits

first_imgSania shared a post of gratitude for all the wishes poured her way on her birthday. Taking to the micro-blogging, the tennis star wrote, “Gratitude Thank you to everyone for your wishes and sooo much love .. I had an amazing birthday and you guys just made it so much more special”Gratitude ???? Thank you to everyone for your wishes and sooo much love .. I had an amazing birthday and you guys just made it so much more special ?? pic.twitter.com/rIhbVDvFvb— Sania Mirza (@MirzaSania) November 16, 2019The six-time Grand Slam champion is on a temporary hiatus after delivering a baby boy in October 2018. After celebrating her son’s first birthday, it was reported that Sania plans to return to court for 2020 Auckland Open. In an interview with the Hindu, when she was asked about handling the game and motherhood together, she said: “It is all about time management and prioritising one’s life and goals and so far it has worked out well.” Close friends Sania Mirza and Yuvraj Singh don’t leave any opportunity to poke fun at one another on social media. Sania turned a year older on Friday, November 16.To wish her a very happy birthday, former Indian Cricketer Yuvraj posted a throwback picture of his “dear friend” on Twitter with a funny and equally special note. He wrote, “Hai hai mirchi! Janam din mubarak my dear friend lots of love and best wishes always! @MirzaSania.” Check out the post below: Sania was quick enough to reply with an epic comeback to the post. Lovingly calling him ‘motu’, she wrote, “Hai motu thank you my dearest friend” Hai motu 💕 thank you my dearest friend https://t.co/ECIzuLBRXU— Sania Mirza (@MirzaSania) November 15, 2019 Hai hai mirchi ??! Janam din mubarak my dear friend lots of love and best wishes always !?? @MirzaSania ?? ?? ?? pic.twitter.com/wzYjTIQhPy— yuvraj singh (@YUVSTRONG12) November 15, 2019center_img Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. birthdaysania mirzatwitteryuvraj singh First Published: November 16, 2019, 1:34 PM ISTlast_img read more

Saina Nehwal Pulls Out of PBL Season 5 to Prepare For Next Season

first_imgNew Delhi: Saina Nehwal on Sunday pulled out of the upcoming Premier Badminton League to prepare herself for the next international season.The 29-year-old Saina, who played for North Eastern Warriors in last PBL last, will not be seen in action in the fifth edition to be played between January 20 and February 9. “Hey everyone, I won’t be part of the PBL Season 5. I haven’t been well most part of the year due to pancreatitis and injuries and I would like to take time during the PBL to prepare better,” Saina said in a tweet.”I want to say sorry to all my fans and I hope to be part of the next season of PBL,” added the 2012 Olympics bronze medallist. badmintonIndiaindian badmintonPBL First Published: November 24, 2019, 4:35 PM IST Hey everyone , I won’t be part of the PBL Season 5 . I haven’t been well most part of the year due to pancreatitis and injuries and I would like to take time during the PBL to prepare better . I want to say sorry to all my fans and I hope to be part of the next season of PBL .— Saina Nehwal (@NSaina) November 24, 2019Currently ranked ninth in the world, Saina has been struggling for form throughout this year. She was last seen in action in the Hong Kong Open earlier this month where she lost to China’s Cai Yan Yan in the first round.Saina has suffered first-round losses six times this year. center_img Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time.last_img read more

Sports Wrap: India record historic win in 500th Test, world condoles golf legend Palmer’s death

first_imgAshwin, Jadeja script 197-run victory in India’s historic 500th TestIndia celebrated their 500th Test in style on Monday when they overcame New Zealand’s final dogged resistance to win the series opener by 197 runs and go 1-0 up in the three-match series.Jadeja reveals why he and Ashwin are a dangerous pairRavindra Jadeja and Ravichandran Ashwin took 16 of the 20 wickets as India demolished New Zealand by 197 runs in their 500th Test.New Zealand recall Jeetan Patel to replace injured Mark CraigOff-spinner Jeetan Patel has been recalled to the New Zealand cricket team after a three-year absence as a replacement for injured Mark Craig, who has been ruled out of the remainder of the Test series against India.Arnold Palmer remembered as ‘The King’ of golfArnold Palmer, one of golf’s greatest players whose immense popularity drew a legion of fans known as “Arnie’s Army” and helped propel the game just as television was coming of age, died on Sunday at age 87.Raised-fist Olympians punished in 1968 to be received at White HouseThe two African-American athletes, Tommie Smith and John Carlos, remembered for thrusting black-gloved fists into the air at the 1968 Olympic Games, will receive a long-awaited moment of redemption at the White House this week.last_img read more

Indian Super League: Marcelo brace hands Delhi 3-1 win over Chennaiyin

first_imgBrazilian winger Marcelo Pereira struck a brace as Delhi Dynamos defeated defending champions Chennaiyin FC 3-1 in an Indian Super League (ISL) match at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium here on Thursday.Playing their first match this season, Delhi Dynamos turned on the magic with Marcelo (26th, 34th minutes) scoring both his goals side in the first session after Dudu Omagbemi (32nd) had briefly cancelled out his first goal.Badara Badji put the match beyond Chennaiyin FC’s reach with the visitors’ third goal in the 86th minute.Chennaiyin FC are without a win from their first two matches after drawing their opening match against Atletico de Kolkata.The hosts paid for some poor defending with Delhi catching them on the wrong foot repeatedly with their fast counter-attacks.Playing at home for the first time, the defending champions started with a flurry but could not break the deadlock. In the eighth minute, Chennaiyin’s Raphael Augusto spotted Mohanraj’s run from the left who crossed for Dudu but the Nigerian striker’s header sailed just wide.Bernard Mendy then went close in the next minute with another header and Jeje Lalpekhlua had his chance to draw first blood but could not beat Delhi goalkeeper Toni Doblas from close range.Delhi soon recovered from the initial Chennaiyin FC attacks and took the lead after Milan Singh won a penalty. Milan spotted a long cross from Souvik Chakraborty and was making his run when he was brought down by Chennaiyin FC goalkeeper Duwayne Kerr. Marcelinho stepped up to take the penalty and sent the goalkeeper the wrong way.advertisementChennaiyin FC, however, did not take too long to draw level. Dudu was afforded space by the Delhi defence and he made them pay by latching on to a through ball from Jeje and slamming it past a diving Delhi goalkeeper.Chennaiyin FC were now back in the game but Delhi took they by surprise again two minutes later as Marcelinho hoodwinked the rival defence and gave Kerr no chance with a first-time attempt.Had Delhi converted the chances that came their way after being 2-1 ahead, the match would have been killed by half-time. Kean Lewis missed a golden chance with only the goalkeeper at his mercy as he shot wide and then Marcelinho took one touch too many, allowing Chennaiyin FC goalkeeper to grab the ball and keep his team in the hunt.In the second session, Delhi Dynamos were comfortable with the ball and rarely looked threatened.Chennaiyin FC, on the other hand, tried to find a way past the rival defence without much success. Sensing that he needs to do something different, Chennaiyin manager Marco Materazzi opted to field three strikers for the last 20 minutes of play but instead it were Delhi Dynamos who tasted success.Delhi made it 3-1 with six minutes left on the clock when a Kean Lewis cross from the left was finished with a thumping header by substitute Badara Badji.last_img read more

Pak economist advocates resumption of cricket ties with India

first_imgKolkata, Jun 10 (PTI) Pakistani noted educationist and economist S Akbar Zaidi today advocated for resumption of cricket between India and Pakistan saying if cricket starts between the two countries “other things will work out automatically.””Pakistan government has been showing interest for quite some time. But, I think the BCCI has been reluctant to play for political reasons. If cricket starts, other things will work out automatically,” Zaidi said at the Bengal Chamber here.The ICC tournaments and the Asia Cup remain the only events where India and Pakistan face each other now.Union Sports minister Vijay Goel had earlier said that the government would not give permission for any bilateral cricket match between India and Pakistan till there is cross-border terrorism.The Pakistan Cricket Board has already sent a legal notice to BCCI claiming damages for not honouring an agreement that provided five bilateral series between 2015-23. PTI BSM AYPlast_img

Jason Roy set to make Test debut after World Cup 2019 heroics

first_imgFirebrand opener Jason Roy is all set to make his Test debut as England announced their playing XI for the one-off Test against neighbours Ireland starting on July 23. Fast bowler Olly Stone will be 2nd Englishman to make his debut in the absence of veteran James Anderson being ruled out of the Test due to a right calf injury.Stone had to leave midway on England’s tour of the Caribbean earlier this year having suffered a back injury, right before he was supposed to make his long-version debut.An injury to England’s pace spearhead would be a major concern for England leading into the Ashes.James Anderson will be assessed ahead of the first Test of Ashes series against Australia in Birmingham and will not be risked against Ireland.England team are already without the services of fast bowlers Mark Wood and Jofra Archer as both players had suffered side strains.Wood has been ruled out for four to six weeks while Archer will have a period of rest before being considered for Ashes selection.Stuart Broad is expected to lead England’s pace attack in the one-off Test match against Ireland. Ireland had made their Test debut against Pakistan at home in May and the Test against England will be a four-day affair from July 24-27.England Playing XI vs Ireland: Joe Root (c), Moeen Ali, Rory Burns, Sam Curran, Jonny Bairstow, Stuart Broad, Joe Denly, Jack Leach, Jason Roy, Olly Stone, Chris WoakesAlso Read | In a 1st in Test cricket, Ashes jerseys to have players’ names and numbersAlso Read | James Anderson ruled out of Ireland Test as Ashes loomsadvertisementlast_img read more

J.D. SCHOLTEN LAUNCHES NEW NON-PROFIT GROUP

first_imgJ.D. Scholten, the Sioux City Democrat who gave Republican Congressman Steve King a close race in November, was at the statehouse in Des Moines Wednesday to launch a new campaign.Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/JDS.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC…….working hero Iowa.” :04Scholten says the group’s aim is to increase the number of low-income Iowans who claim the Earned Income Tax Credit on their state and federal tax returns.Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/JDS2.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC…………children’s basic needs.” ;26He says information posted on the Iowa Department of Revenue’s website indicates Iowans are NOT claiming 140 million dollars worth of these credits that they are owed.His “Working Heroes Iowa” group will conduct public education seminars so more low income Iowans are aware of the tax credit they may claim — and more tax preparers are on the look-out for their clients who may be eligible.Meanwhile, Scholten says he’s leaving the door to running for elected office again at some point.Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/JDS3.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC………things open. ;12Scholten says he got the idea for his “Working Heroes Iowa” effort from a California man who runs a similar group — and who endorsed Scholten’s 2018 congressional campaign.Radio Iowalast_img read more

Shocking Injury Update For Star College Football Quarterback

first_imgDaniel Jones drops back for a pass against Pitt.DURHAM, NC – OCTOBER 21: Daniel Jones #17 of the Duke Blue Devils drops back to pass against the Pittsburgh Panthers during their game at Wallace Wade Stadium on October 21, 2017 in Durham, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)Duke star quarterback Daniel Jones went down with a shoulder injury three weeks ago. The Blue Devils’ starting quarterback required surgery and it was believed that he’d be out for a while.Jones is back today, though.Duke announced some shocking injury update news for Jones this morning, revealing that he’s back in the starting lineup less than a month after undergoing surgery.QB17 ??: https://t.co/Mr3lNewr73 pic.twitter.com/wpHAzGTuhp— Duke Football (@DukeFOOTBALL) September 29, 2018The News & Observer had more on Jones’ status earlier this week:“He’s a great kid,” Anthony Boone said this week. “He’s a helluva competitor. I fully expected a quick recovery. I knew he was going to do whatever it takes to get back on the field. The team is really important to him. Duke is really important to him.”Following the surgery, Duke announced that Jones was out indefinitely. But the 6-5, 220-pound redshirt junior returned to practice just 10 days later.While he’s missed Duke’s last two games, Jones shared repetitions in practice this week with Quentin Harris and Chris Katrenick.Duke and Virginia Tech are set to kick off at 7 p.m. E.T. The game will be on ESPN2.last_img read more

Province Opposed to HST on Textbooks

first_imgThe province has asked the federal government to change its legislation so that students who buy textbooks that include CD-ROMs are not required to pay the provincial portion of the HST. “Textbooks are a significant cost of education and students don’t have any choice about whether a book comes with a CD or pin number,” said Finance Minister Peter Christie. “We would far rather forego our share of the HST in order to give our students a break.” Books in Nova Scotia are normally subject to the seven per cent GST, not the full 15 per cent HST. But a ruling by Canada Revenue Agency earlier this year stated that books containing CDs are not “printed books” as defined by the federal Excise Tax Act, and are therefore not eligible for the lower sales tax. “Publishing practices have been changing over the past few years and CD-ROMs and other technologies are becoming commonplace. The federal tax legislation needs to keep pace,” said Mr. Christie. “We’ve been discussing this matter with our federal and provincial counterparts for a couple of months now and made our position clear — whether it contains a disc or not, a book is a book.” “Tax issues such as this occur all the time, and our record of working them out is very good,” said Mr. Christie.last_img read more

Science minister mulls forcing universities to attract more female researchers

first_imgOTTAWA – The federal science minister says universities aren’t doing the heavy lifting to appoint more female research chairs, so she wants to force their hands.On her way to give a speech Wednesday to university presidents in Montreal, Kirsty Duncan was handed the latest statistics on the number of men and women among applicants for new Canada Research Chair positions.“They’re dismal,” Duncan said in an interview with The Canadian Press. “There were two times more men nominated than women.”The Canada Research Chairs program was implemented 17 years ago to create 2,000 research positions at universities across the country to push for excellence in engineering, natural sciences, health sciences, humanities and social sciences. Canada spends $265 million a year on the program.As of December 2016, women held 30 per cent of the 1,612 filled positions.“The bar isn’t moving and that can’t continue,” Duncan said, noting that she even ad-libbed part of her speech because of it: “I let them know I was very disappointed with the results.”In 2006, the Canada Research Chairs Program settled a complaint with the Canada Human Rights Commission brought by eight women who complained about discrimination in the awarding of the positions. In 2009, universities set targets to try and increase the number of research chairs who are women, visible minorities, indigenous people and people with disabilities. In 2012, universities had to start reporting their progress on these targets annually.Duncan said if the voluntary program isn’t working, she is open to forcing the issue — but would not say how that would work. Last fall she required new equity reporting and planning reports to be submitted with new applications for the Canada Excellence Research Chairs program, after she discovered only one of the 28 chairs was female. That program focuses on science and technology research.University of Regina president Vianne Timmons said university administrators are very aware of the diversity issue and that it is a problem across university programs, not just the Canada Research Chairs. She said the presidents had already met to discuss the problem Wednesday before Duncan’s speech.“It’s a real challenge,” she said. “I hope the minister will recognize she doesn’t have to force the issue.”Timmons said part of the challenge is that women, for a number of reasons, are not applying for these roles in the same numbers as men. One of the answers is that university leaders, both men and women, have to be more assertive in recruiting women and other underrepresented groups.“I’ve been pretty aggressive in shoulder-tapping women and encouraging them to apply,” she said.Last fall, University of Ottawa professor Amir Attaran and University of New Brunswick professor Wendy Robbins made a submission to the Fundamental Science Review panel set up by Duncan, in which they recommended a number of improvements to the equity program. That included denying grants to universities who failed to meet the equity targets.Since there are no penalties for not meeting the targets, there is no incentive for universities to do anything, they argued. Robbins was one of the eight professors who brought the initial human rights complaint in 2006. Attaran filed a new complaint last year arguing there is evidence of systemic discrimination in the program, including against himself. His chair position was not renewed in 2015.That case is still pending, though the Tri-Agency Institutional Programs Secretariat which administers the program, denies all of Attaran’s allegations.Duncan said Canada lags behind other nations when it comes to women in science; only 36 per cent of PhDs in science in Canada are earned by women, compared with 49 per cent in the U.K. and 46 per cent in the United States.In 1987, just 20 per cent of the people working in science, technology, engineering and math fields were female, a number that has grown to just 22 per cent today.Follow @mrabson on Twitterlast_img read more

Brian May Wants Cosmetic Testing On Animals Banned In New Zealand

first_imgRock guitar legend and founder of the Save Me Trust, Brian May, took time out from his Queen tour in Auckland, to urge New Zealand to help end the suffering of animals used to test cosmetics such as shampoo and mascara.As he prepared to rock out the Vector Arena, Brian met backstage with #BeCrueltyFree New Zealand campaigners who are leading efforts to achieve a national ban on cosmetics animal testing and the sale of cosmetics animal tested abroad.The star, who tweeted a photo of himself wearing a #BeCrueltyFree tshirt, said: “I am really shocked that in the twenty first century we are still subjecting animals to pain and suffering just to test vanity products like cosmetics. Not only does it sadden me as a compassionate human being, but it also stuns me as a scientist that companies, regulators and governments around the world are still relying on these woefully inadequate, out-dated animal tests when we know very well how unreliable they are. New Zealand has a great opportunity to say enough is enough, just like the European Union and India have already done. So I’m urging policy makers in this great country to join me in backing the #BeCrueltyFree campaign, please let’s end cosmetics cruelty in New Zealand and the world once and for all.”#BeCrueltyFree New Zealand is headed by Humane Society International, the New Zealand Anti-Vivisection Society and Helping You Help Animals (HUHA), part of the largest campaign in the world to end cosmetics cruelty. So far, more than 60,000 people have sent #BeCrueltyFree e-cards to New Zealand’s party leaders.Political support for a New Zealand ban has been growing. In March Green MP Mojo Mathers proposed introduction of a cosmetics animal testing ban as part of amendments to the Animal Welfare Act, and the Labour Party has also pledged a ban should it succeed at the upcoming national election. #BeCrueltyFree campaigners are determined to see the issue debated when Parliament reconvenes in November.Stephen Manson, spokesperson for NZAVS, said: “Our #BeCrueltyFree campaign is thrilled to have the support of someone like Brian May. Not only is he respected globally for his music, but he is also an immensely important voice within animal protection campaigning and brings real gravitas to our call for New Zealand to end the cruel and unnecessary practice of cosmetics animal testing. We know that New Zealand’s politicians are listening, now we need them to act.”Be Cruelty-Free campaigns are leading policy change across Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, India, Japan, Korea, New Zealand, Russia, Taiwan and the United States.Brian May’s Save Me Trust is a non-profit organisation speaking out against the persecution and torture of wildlife for sport. But it’s not just foxes and badgers and other wild animals who are at risk. The Trust also periodically expresses support for other initiatives dedicated to ending animal cruelty. Today, Save Me Trust wishes to add its voice to Humane Society International and their campaign to end cosmetics tests on animals in New Zealand.last_img read more

Tensions tighten with each arrest at the gates of Kinder Morgan

first_imgNation to NationArrests keep happening at Kinder Morgan’s tank farm in Burnaby, B.C. but one prominent activist says not everyone is getting the same treatment.And she’s referring to the arrests of people like Elizabeth May, the federal Green party leader, a couple weeks ago compared to the recent detention of land defender Suntree Larue.“Like Elizabeth May’s arrest you could see her hooking her arms into both sides of the police officer and walking out,” said Kanahus Manuel. “She wasn’t held in a Canadian prison cell for doing what she believes is right. But Indigenous people are.“Suntree spent six days in a Canadian prison cell for fighting for our Indigenous rights. That’s our collective rights as Indigenous people across this country. And he’s standing up for all of us.”Green party leader Elizabeth May being arrested at the Kinder Morgan tank farm last month.More arrests are expected this weekend at the gates with Grand Chief Stewart Phillip, from the Union of BC Indian Chiefs, saying he intends to be arrested.It’s supposed to be an act of solidary by breaking a court injunction.But another protest has been unfolding for several months. It’s known as Camp Cloud and sits across the road from the gates of Kinder Morgan.And just outside of the area covered by the court injunction.APTN’s Laurie Hamelin sat down with two land defenders this week. They explained why they are camped out.“We gotta defend (water) by all means necessary. For me personally it would have to cost me more than just my life,” said Joshua Williams.And up the highway from Burnaby along the pipeline route is a different battle.One where status Indians have been denied band membership at Peters First Nation where the Kinder Morgan pipeline runs directly through. It’s a story APTN first reported just over a year ago.The three people have asked the Federal Court to make them members.Guy Peters is one of the three and has been waiting over 30 years to be a member just like his father and brother.“He states that it is very unsettling for him,” said Karey Brooks of JFK Law that represents the trio. “He doesn’t feel part of a community that he identifies with.”It’s now in a the hands of a judge to decide after arguments were made last month in Vancouver.N2N@aptn.calast_img read more

Big Grassy River man charged in death of 15 year old girl

first_imgAPTN NewsThe Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) have charged Darrell  Tuesday from Mishkosiminiziibiing (Big Grassy River First Nation) with first-degree murder in the death of Autumn Andy.Andy, 15, disappeared from the community last Wednesday.She was discovered behind an outdoor skating rink in the community.The OPP say they were alerted to her disappearance by Three Treaty Police last Wednesday and sent a K-9 unit and search team in response.Her body was discovered at 7:45 p.m.An autopsy was performed in Toronto but police say they are not releasing the results.Police say they are continuing to investigate Andy’s death.Tuesday has been remanded into custody and is scheduled to appear in Fort Frances at the Ontario Court of Justice on June 25.last_img

Awarding outstanding Indian poets and novelists

first_imgRabindranath Tagore Literary Prize, existing since 2018, has been founded as a platform for World Peace, Literature, Art, Education and Human Rights. It has two-fold purpose: as honourable legacy to Rabindranath Tagore Literature Prize for the finest in Indian literature, and to recognise positive and lasting impact on society and its change with ‘Social Achievement Prize’.Rabindranath Tagore Literary Prize 2019 winner will be announced at an award ceremony to be held on April 23, at India International Centre. The winner is entitled to $10 000. By their unvarying support for literature and children rights, the organisers have started initial 10,000 book donation to schools of their first winner ‘One Hundred Poems of Kabir’. Tagore Prize is one of the most anticipated literary award presentations, where they will accommodate 300 high profile attendees, authors, intellectuals, diplomats, ambassadors, executive directors and representatives of major publishing houses. Eminent people including Ayushman Jamwal, Master of Ceremony, a Senior Output Editor at CNN-News18, a columnist and a poet; Peter Bundaldo, Founder of Tagore Prize; Bidhan Chandra Singh, Executive Director at Kailash Satyarthi Children’s Foundation; and others will be present at the event. The shortlist for Rabindranath Tagore Literary Prize 2019 consist names like Amit Chaudhuri for ‘The Immortals’, Rana Dasgupta for ‘Solo’, K Madavane for ‘To Die in Benares’, Siddharth Dhanvant Shanghvi for ‘The Lost Flamingoes of Bombay’, Jeet Thayil for ‘The Book of Chocolate Saints’ and others. Tagore Prize 2019 – Social Achievement Prize will be awarded to Yohei Sasakawa, a Japanese philanthropist, for his remarkable work in leprosy elimination.Furthermore, Tagore Prize will announce building and launching of its first Satellite in Space – first literary prize in space.last_img read more

UN to send team to Iraq to help organize elections for next

“Now, in other areas, the building of new democratic institutions, but more particularly in the political arena, the UN will be playing a very active role,” Sergio Vieira de Mello, Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s Special Representative, told Syrian television in Damascus, where he met with Syrian President Bashar al Assad and Foreign Minister Farouk al-Shara.Mr. Vieira de Mello stressed the world body’s humanitarian role – “If there has been no humanitarian crisis in Iraq, one keeps forgetting it is thanks to the United Nations’ work there” – and its part in reconstruction with the hosting of a conference in October where donors will support the UN in assisting the reconstruction efforts in Iraq.Turning to the political arena, he added: “We have been active, discretely so, in the formation of the Governing Council, which is the first executive body that emerges in Iraq after the war and after the collapse of the Saddam Hussein regime. And I have offered all Iraqi political parties the support of the United Nations in the constitutional and electoral processes that are ahead of us.”These are areas in which the Untied Nations has a lot of experience and expertise that we have offered to the Iraqi partners to help them determine what the best option for the elaboration of the constitution is, in the particular circumstances, very special circumstances, Iraq finds itself in. And we will help them also organize elections, hopefully as early as possible, in 2004,” he said. The electoral team will visit Baghdad in early August to consult with the Governing Council in this regard.In his talks with Mr. Assad, Mr. Vieira de Mello said the Secretary-General’s report on Iraq, due to be submitted to the Security Council next Tuesday, would outline a broad range of activities for the UN in the months ahead. The UN would provide support to the Governing Council as it deliberates on the next steps of drafting the constitution, he added.”President Bashar, as you can imagine, is very much in favour of a strong United Nations role in Iraq,” Mr. Vieira de Mello said. The Syrian leader expressed his support for the UN role in Iraq.Mr. Vieira de Mello later left for Tehran for talks with Iranian President Mohammad Khatami and Foreign Minister Kharrazi tomorrow as part of his efforts to consult with a full spectrum of Iraqi society and regional leaders on reconstructing the country.He met Crown Prince Abdullah of Saudi Arabia last Saturday in Taif, and will be visiting other countries in the region following his briefing to the Security Council next week.In New York, Mr. Annan said he would meet with a delegation of the Governing Council, which is coming to participate in the Security Council session. read more

Sir Bradley Wiggins takes on retirement challenge Channel 4s riskiest show The

first_img 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. Confirmed to take part in the series are Emma Parker-Bowles, the niece of the Duchess of Cornwall, rugby players Gareth Thomas and Jason Robinson, footballer Robbie Fowler, former Made in Chelsea star Spencer Matthews, comedian Mark Dolan and Olympic medal-winning gymnast Louis Smith.They will be joined by Olympic Taekwondo champion Jade Jones, Paralympic medallist Kadeena Cox, model Vogue Williams, star of The Only Way Is Essex Lydia Bright, reality TV star Josie Gibson, and Caprice Bourret, the model. Sir Bradley, 36, said he is taking on the show as his next “sporting challenge”, insisting: “Just don’t call me a celebrity.”The last series of the show saw Beth Tweddle, the Olympic gymnast, require surgery after damaging two vertabrae, swimming Rebecca Adlington dislocate her shoulder mid ski jump, reality television star Mark Francis fracture an ankle, actress Tina Hobley dislocate her elbow and fracture her arm twice, and Heather Mills retire from competition with an injured leg and hand.Sarah Harding pulled a ligament in her knee, Ben Cohen needed 20 stitches in his face, Louisa Lytton and Tom Parker tore ligaments in their hands, and Linford Christie pulled his hamstring. “Major retiring Olympians such as Sir Steve Redgrave have also trod this path, I see this as a sporting challenge and want to go out there and win it.“Just don’t call me a celebrity.”The Jump will return to Channel 4 in early 2017, presented by Davina McCall. Sir Bradley aims to be crowned winner of The Jump Beth Tweddle had surgery for a broken neck after an accident during The Jump Previous series have seen Ola Jordan, the dancer, pull out before the show aired after injuring her hips in training, Sally Bercow fracture two ribs, Melinda Messenger suffer concussion and Marcus Brigstocke snap his cruciate ligament.A spokesman for Channel 4 said: “The show was recommissioned following a thorough review of safety procedures and as in previous years the courses are designed and adapted to the ability of the competitors.”This year, Sir Bradley will join 13 other contestants on location in Austria for training, before six weeks of live shows begin in earnest. Sir Bradley aims to be crowned winner of The Jump Just last week, he announced he was retiring from professional cycling with 16 years, eight Olympic medals and a Tour de France win under his belt.Sir Bradley Wiggins, it seems, has one more challenge left to conquer: death-defying television show The Jump.Sir Bradley is to take his life – or at least his leg bones – into his hands as takes part in the Channel 4 show, which has left previous celebrity contestants hospitalised after taking on its extreme winter sports challenges.It has become a favourite for retired sportsmen and women, who are unable to take part in such extreme physical activity during their careers. Last year's The Jump contestants, more than half of whom were injured during the series Gareth Thomas will take part this year Louis Smith is among the 2017 competitors Sir Bradley said: “Skiing is a big passion of mine, it was a mix of that and the other committed names this year that made me want to sign up.“From Jason Robinson and Robbie Fowler to Olympians Louis Smith and Jade Jones, these guys have excelled in the sporting arena and I have a lot of respect for them, they will be so competitive. Last year’s The Jump contestants, more than half of whom were injured during the seriesCredit:Channel 4 Gareth Thomas will take part this year Beth Tweddle had surgery for a broken neck after an accident during The Jump Louis Smith is among the 2017 competitorslast_img read more

Normet to tap Kazakh market

first_imgNormet, the Finnish manufacturer of specialty underground equipment, has established a subsidiary in Kazakhstan. The purpose is to develop co-operation and its service offering with local customers, in particular the after-market services. Normet has sold equipment and services in the country for over 20 years.“Normet has developed a special concept of after-market services called Life Time Care (LTC). The objective of the LTC is to offer customers services covering maintenance, service, spare parts and many other functions in close co-operation with Normet. LTC is aimed to increase considerably the availability, lifecycle and overall cost-effectiveness of Normet machines,” comments Heikki Ulvila, Director, Life Time Care. The subsidiary Norservice is located in the Karaganda area, the primary mining region of Kazakhstan. The most important services include sales of spare parts, customer-specific service contracts, repairs, training, and audit services. Norservice is also the sole importer and distributor of Normet equipment in the country.last_img read more

BALKAN BESIKTAS Croatian wings Nincevic and Zrnic stay in Turkey

Besiktas handballhandball transfersIvan NincevicVedran Zrnic ← Previous Story INVINCIBLE: Olafur Stefansson to help KIF Kolding against PPD Zagreb? Next Story → LIKE A WINE: Nikola Marinovic signs 2+2 years for Kadetten Schaffhausen! Turkish best outfit Besiktas MOGAZ want to make another step in development and come closer to the best teams in Europe. Another sign in that way is extension of deals with two important and experienced players, Croatian wings Ivan Nincevic and Vedran Zrnic. Both with tremendeous experience of playing for the Croatian national team, but also from DKB Bundesliga, will stay on Bosphorus until the summer 2017.A 34 years-old Nincevic has played in Zagreb, Fuchse Berlin, Dinamo Minsk, etc, while two years older Zrnic had fantastic years in Slovenian Prule (former EHF CL semi-finalist from 2002), RK Gorenje, VfL Gummersbach, Orlen Wisla Plock…Josip Buljubasic is another Croat who is playing for Besiktas, while there are also two Serbian back players David Rasic and Predrag Dacevic. The first reinforcement for the next season is Macedonian NT playmaker Nemanja Pribak.SOURCE: Balkan-Handball.com read more

Continued effort needed to tackle stigma towards mental health issues

first_imgRead: More than 3,000 young people are waiting for mental health referrals >More: Reports that mental health service plans are 30 years old are “not new” > The overlap between EPMH disability and other types of disability highlights the need for an integrated approach to service delivery that takes account of the physical health needs of people with EPMH disability and takes account of the mental health needs of people with a physical disability.Since many people with EPMH disability first experience the disability during their working years, retention in employment is important to their social inclusion. Services to both the employer and the person with a disability are needed to retain people with EPMH disability in employment.Addressing stigma on the part of the general population – including employers and those providing public and private services – needs to remain on the agenda of mental health and disability policy. This issue needs to be addressed in a number of ways: through the education system; by means of general educational campaigns targeting adults; through training for those who deal with the public; through implementation of equality policies in organisations and through equality legislation to protect people with a disability from discrimination. A NEW REPORT recommends an integration of services for those with physical disabilities and mental health disabilities.It also highlights a strong connection between the level of social support and the general well-being of people with mental health disabilities.A new paper published by the ESRI this afternoon analysed the results of Central Statistics Office survey on people with ‘emotional, physiological and mental health (EPMH) disabilities’.This found that 87% of those with an EPMH issues also had one other type of disability, most commonly (52%) mobility issues.One of the report’s ‘policy implications’ is that services need to take into account both a person’s physical health needs and EPMH  needs.“Two issues which emerged throughout the study were the strong overlap between EPMH disability and the importance of attitudes of other people,” report author Dorothy Watson said.Both individual factors, such as general health and presence of other types of disability, and environmental factors, including the attitudes of other people, have a significant impact on the well-being and participation of people with EPMH disability.The research found that between 45% and 58% of people reported that public and private service providers, employers, and strangers were supportive, compared with 80% finding interaction with friend and families supportive.This level of support was crucial in helping people overcome difficulties in everyday life and being able to participate in more activities.The ESRI report is also recommending increased work supports for those with EPMH disabilities.Just 18% of those surveyed were in employment, and 69% had ever worked. Some were uninterested in ever entering employment due to the ‘attitudes of other people’, while flexible or shorter working hours were seen as an incentive by others.The three key policy implications were:last_img read more

Giroud wants to score against Lloris

first_imgOlivier Giroud and Hugo Lloris have been playing together this week for the France national team but the striker will try to score against the keeper in the upcoming game between Chelsea and Tottenham.The Frenchman is still waiting for his first league goal for the Blues since he arrived from Arsenal back in winter – and he hopes that he will break the deadlock in the upcoming derby match against the Spurs.The former Montpellier player spoke about his goal for the upcoming game as he said, according to Daily Mail:Jose Mourinho is sold on Lampard succeeding at Chelsea Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho wanted to give his two cents on Frank Lampard’s odds as the new Chelsea FC manager, he thinks he will succeed.There really…“I have been trying very hard to do my best for the team at Chelsea, and I feel I have been a bit unlucky in the past few weeks not to have scored already.”“Hopefully I will score my first one against Tottenham and Hugo, and that will help us win a very, very important game.”“The Spurs game is massive and though Hugo is my colleague for France I would give him a smile if I scored in that one as we really need to win it.”last_img read more