London Olympics: Heena Sidhu misses 10m air pistol final

first_imgAs a dentistry student in Punjab, Heena Sidhu would have learnt a lot about pain management. On Sunday, the diminutive shooter had to handle her own pain as she narrowly missed making the 10m air pistol final at the Royal Artillery ranges.It was a sight to watch as Heena battled tons of pressure in her maiden Olympic appearance. On a cold morning, Heena, wearing a light pink jacket, struggled to find rhythm.There was nothing bigger than this arena for the young girl who had made it to the London Olympics after a lot of bitterness. All that seemed to be weighing on her mind as she took a long time to shoot her first card and managed just a score of 93 in her overall score of 382/400.In practice and trials, under the guidance of coach-cum-fiancee Ronak Pandit, Heena shoots much better. However, after she had taken too much time for her first card, Heena couldn’t try too much to up her tempo.In a sport like shooting, controlling nerves is so important. The harder you focus on the target, you heart rate would tend to jump.After scores of 97 and 95 in the second and third series, Heena looked good in the last card.. All of a sudden the scoreboard showed Heena fourth in the preliminary phase, with five shots to go. It meant she would have made the final.It was a good situation to be in, when you looked at it from the stands. But Heena was struggling and to borrow a chess term, she was under time pressure to complete the last five shots.advertisementIt saw the Indian shoot five straight 9s and lose the opportunity. Had it been 10s instead of the 9s, Heena would have been in the final.Heena walked out of her shooting lane very disappointed and hugged mental trainer Pierra from Canada. The warm hug may have comforted her a bit only.Soon, the shooter opened her heart out. “It was nothing else but pressure for me,” said Heena.Her selection itself for the Olympic was under the scanner as the shooter had not got a quota place. When the National Rifle Association of India surrendered a rifle quota and exchanged it for Heena, there was a cry that RVS Rathore be given the slot. However, as rifle and pistol are as different as cheese and chalk when compared with shotgun, Rathore was left out.There was added pressure from the sports ministry as it did not give Heena proper funding. “I know I was not considered good enough to be funded. It did put a lot of pressure on me and I still trained hard. I am not a defeatist and I will take back lessons from this match today,” Heena told Mail Today.Coach Anatoly Piddubnyi did not want to say much but admitted pressure had got to Heena. “It was difficult for her but she will learn from this,” he said. “She could have been in the running for a medal if she was a final,” added Anatoly.The other Indian shooter in fray, Annu Raj Singh managed a poor score of 378/400.Gold was won by Geuo Wenjun of China as she scored 488.1. “This is one of the heaviest medals I have won and I am excited,” said Wenjun.On Monday, the high profile men’s air rifle will be held where Abhinav Bindra and Gagan Narang will fight it out against Chinese star Zhu Qinan and Italy’s Nicco Campriani.Campriani has been in hot form this year and Qinan will be gunning for revenge after losing gold to Bindra in Beijing 2008.last_img read more

Cong leader gives breach of privilege notice in RS against

first_imgSubramanian SwamyNew Delhi, May 17 (PTI) Congress MP Shantaram Naik today gave a notice for breach of privilege against BJP leader Subramanian Swamy in Rajya Sabha for allegedly submitting a “printout” of a website report to level allegations against its leaders, including Sonia Gandhi, in the AgustaWestland issue.In his notice addressed to Rajya Sabha Chairman Hamid Ansari, the Congress leader said: “Since Swamy has authenticated a website page printout, in which the names of Sonia Gandhi, Ahmed Patel, Oscar Fernandes have been mentioned, it means and implies that the very allegations are made by Swamy also.”Naik gave the notice under rules 187 and 188 of Procedure and Conduct of Business in the Council of States and appealed to the Rajya Sabha Chairman that it be admitted and referred to the Privileges Committee for “appropriate” action against Swamy.”Swamy did not authenticate any letter from Christian Michel (alleged British middleman and prime accused in the AgustaWestland chopper bribery case) as he was not in possession of any such letter. Further question of Sonia flying in Mi-8 choppers does not arise as she did not hold any official post.”Swamy mischievously quoted abbreviations AP and said he is a political secretary…All these innuendos amply insinuate a particular specific person most irresponsibly and without authenticating any document.”Swamy did not produce any certified copy of the judgement on which he relied extensively, which he should have done and authenticated,” Naik said in the notice. AP, it was alleged, stood for Ahmed Patel, Political Secretary to Congress President Sonia Gandhi.advertisementReferrring to an interview of Italian Judge Marco Maria Maiga by a news channel on the issue, the Congress leader said “Swamy relied on the transcript of this interview”.”Swamy mischievously relied on and authenticated an inadmissible document, by all standards, to misguide the House, thereby committing another breach of privilege,” he said.Making clear the partys intent to move a privilege motion against Swamy, Congress spokesperson Jairam Ramesh had a few days back said: “Swamy has made baseless allegations and spoken big lies in Rajya Sabha on May 4. We will not allow him to go scot-free.” PTI AMR SPG GVS SK GVSlast_img read more

England’s Mark Wood set to miss India tour with ankle injury

first_imgEngland bowler Mark Wood will have ankle surgery and is set to miss the tour of India that starts next month, the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) said on Sunday. (Latest Cricket stories)The 26-year-old Durham pace bowler will require a third operation on his left ankle within a year after it was discovered that he had fractured a bone during a County Championship match against Surrey last month.”There’s no reason to think that when he’s had this bone fragment removed, he won’t be able to get back to bowling as well as he has in the second half of the summer,” England’s national physiotherapy lead Ben Langley said on the ECB website (www.ecb.co.uk).”His foot and ankle swelled up hugely during the game, which was obviously worrying, and then we were perplexed when nothing significant showed up on the first scan.”It was only when we got him in for a second scan that we discovered he’d been playing on despite having fractured a bone,” Langley added.Wood had previously been ruled out of England’s ongoing tour of Bangladesh.England will travel to India to play five Tests, three ODIs and the same number of Twenty20 internationals between November 9 and February 1.last_img read more

World Cup 2018: FIFA warns Croatia’s Vida over political gimmick

first_imgFIFA’s Disciplinary Committee has warned Croatia defender Domagoj Vida over a video that shows him praising Ukraine after his side’s victory over Russia in the quarter-finals.Vida scored an extra-time goal and then took a successful spot kick in the shootout as Croatia beat Russia 4-3 on penalties.In the video posted by former Croatian footballer Ognjen Vukojevic, Vida could be seen shouting “glory to Ukraine.”The video led to criticism from Russian politicians as relations between Ukraine and World Cup hosts Russia remain fraught after Russia’s 2014 annexation of the Crimean peninsula and its backing for a pro-Russian uprising in the east of the country.2018 FIFA WORLD CUP: FULL COVERAGEThe 29-year-old Vida previously played for Ukrainian club Dynamo Kiev along with Croatian coaching staff member Vukojevic.”We can confirm that FIFA’s disciplinary committee has sent a warning to the player Domagoj Vida due to his video statement following the 2018 FIFA World Cup match between Russia and Croatia,” FIFA said in a statement.Vida, however, on Sunday said the video was not a political message.”I regret that some media representatives have interpreted our communication in such a manner. It was definitely no political message, but a simple thank you for all the support from Ukraine, where Vukojevic and I spent a number of years,” Vida said in a statement released by the Croatian Football Federation (HNS).Watch: England fans destroy Swedish furniture store after quarterfinal win”Our intention was not to offend anyone. Throughout my career, I have had team mates from many countries and I respect them all, and just as I have many friends in Ukraine, I have a number of them in Russia – and I am proud of all of them.advertisement”I sincerely hope that this message will not be understood as anything else but an expression of gratitude to our friends in Ukraine for their support – not in the match against Russia, but during the entire World Cup,” Vida added.The HNS said it had asked Vida and Vukojevic and all the Croatia players “to refrain from any messages that could be politically interpreted in the future”.Croatia face England in the semi-finals in Moscow on Wednesday.(With Reuters inputs)last_img read more

‘Mary Kom’, ‘1983’, ‘MSD: The Untold Story’ to have open air screenings at IFFI

first_imgNew Delhi, Nov 11 (PTI) Indian sports biopics, such as “Mary Kom”, “1983” and “MSD: The Untold Story”, will have open air screenings at the the 49th edition of the International Film Festival of India (IFFI).The festival, to be held from November 20 to 28 in Goa, will give a hat-tip to the Khelo India initiative this year by recognising the contribution of Indian sportspersons.This section features a total of six Indian films that are based on the genre of sports biopics, which will also showcase “Gold”, “Bhaag Milkha Bhaag” and “Soorma”.”Gold” director Reema Kagti and lead Akshay Kumar, “Bhaag…” director Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra, “Soorma” director Shaad Ali and producer Chitrangda Singh and “1983” director Abrid Shine will be present at the screenings of their films at the international movie gala.Akshay will also be present at IFFI’s opening ceremony.The biopics will be screened at Jogger’s Park in Altinho, Panjim and will be open for public.This is a non-ticketed event. PTI RDS SHDRDSlast_img read more

Kumar, a staunch RSS man, known for political adroitness

first_imgBengaluru, Nov 12 (PTI) A staunch RSS ideologue, a hard boiledorganisation man, Bengaluru’s “most loved” MP and the first person to speak in Kannada in the United Nations are some of the connotations associated with Union Minister Ananth Kumar. Known for his political adroitness, Kumar, a six-time member of Parliament, gregarious with strong political instincts, had managed to be in the inner circle of the central leadership of the BJP — be it during the heyday of Atal Bihari Vajpayee or L K Advani and now Narendra Modi.Born in a middle class Brahmin family on July 22, 1959, in Bengaluru to Narayan Shastri, a railway employee, and Girija N Shastry, his early education began under the guidance of his mother who herself was a graduate.Graduate in Arts and Law, Kumar’s journey into public life began due to his association with the Akhila Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad, a student organisation of the Sangh Pariwar, which he served in various capacities, including the state secretary and the national secretary. Kumar had even demonstrated against the then Indira Gandhi government’s imposition of Emergency and had also got imprisoned for it for about 30 days. With his steady political growth, his association with the Sangh, where he was mentored politically, also grew stronger. Looking for bigger ground in politics, Kumar joined the Bharatiya Janata Party in 1987, where he went on to to take up the responsibilities of state secretary, state president of the Yuva Morcha, general secretary and national secretary. Along with state BJP chief Yeddyurappa, Kumar is among a few party leaders who can be credited for the growth of BJP in Karnataka, as they built the party from the scratch, which paved the way for the installation of the first ever saffron party government in the South.advertisementKumar began his parliamentary career when he got elected to Lok Sabha in 1996 from Bangalore South, the constituency which remained his strong fort till his passing sway, by winning it for six consecutive times.He enjoyed the credit of being the “youngest” minister in the Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s cabinet in 1998. He served as the Civil Aviation minister, also Minister for Tourism, Sports, Youth Affairs & Culture, Urban development & poverty alleviation. Kumar, who also held positions in various parliamentary committees, was serving as the Union Cabinet Minister for Parliamentary Affairs and Chemicals and Fertilizers in the Narendra Modi led government, afterwinning the 15th Lok Sabha election from Bengaluru south by defeating IT Czar Nandan Nilekani. He is widely credited for implementing Neem Coated Urea and setting up of Jan Aushadhi Kendras with focus on affordable quality health care.While being the all important member of the BJP’s parliamentary board, Kumar is often regarded as the “Delhi face” of the Karnataka BJP and also for the state government who could be counted upon for taking issues concerning Karnataka. He is known to have had politically hostile relationship with Yeddyurappa on occasions and often faced accusations of meddling toomuch in Karnataka affairs, when the the Lingayat strongman wasat the helm of affairs in the state as its Chief Minister. Kumar is married to Dr Tejaswini and they have two daughters Aishwarya and Vijetha.Kumar is the Chief Patron of Adamya Chetana, an NGO involved in social work which he runs along with his wife in the memory of his mother Girija Shastry. PTI KSU RA AQSAQSlast_img read more

Babul Supriyo slams Diana Edulji over Hardik, Rahul suspensions after Koffee with Karan

first_imgUnion Minister and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MP, Babul Supriyo has slammed Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) Committee of Administrators (CoA) member, Diana Edulji for trying to “destroy” the careers of Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul, who have been suspended pending an inquiry over their “inappropriate comments” on a popular television show.Supriyo, also a playback singer, expressed concerns with the way senior BCCI officials have handled the situation and added Edulji had contemplated extreme steps with regards to the punishments meted out to Hardik and Rahul.Rahul and Pandya are not part of the ongoing three-match ODI series and a BCCI source had also reportedly hinted that the duo may also miss the upcoming limited-over series in New Zealand, starting January 23.”With due & utter respect to Diana Edulji & her contribution to Indian cricket, May I say that her thinking has got ‘fossil’ to contemplate such extreme stepsWhat Hardik said is deplorable but their has to be some prudence in the way such senior minds handle the young ones (sic),” Supriyo wrote on Twitter.”There is ‘Thick’ line between reprimanding someone and destroying them !! My plea to these seniors : please behave your ages gentlemen & ladies.. Rest my case (sic).” Babul Supriyo slammed BCCI CoA member Diana Edulji over punishments meted out to Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul (Screengrab from Twitter) Rahul and Pandya have been facing severe criticism for their borderline racist and sexist comments. From references to getting distracted by cheerleaders to claiming they had slept with women in their teammates dressing rooms, both the cricketers were seemingly carried away by the nature of the show, which is known for getting celebrities to open up on their personal lives.advertisementPandya had also boasted about his dates and hookups with multiple women and even shed light on how his parents were “cool” with him seemingly objectifying the opposite gender.You don’t tell this kind of things on national television: HarbhajanSpeaking to India Today, World Cup-winning off-spinner Harbhajan Singh said Pandya and Rahul made fools out of themselves after trying to be cool on the show that was aired on Sunday.”It [the suspension] was bound to happen. The BCCI has taken the right decision. That’s the way forward too. In this case, there was a lot of talk about sexism, racism and other ill-natured comments. You don’t tell these kinds of things on national television. We don’t even discuss these things with our friends,” Harbhajan had said.”They have openly said.. ‘I have done this, I have done that’. It was shocking to me. Many of my seniors, my friends have been talking about it and it has been shocking to all of them.”He [Hardik] tried to look cool on TV by putting other players also on the same level. People might think that Harbhajan Singh is one of them, Anil Kumble is also one of them and Sachin Tendulkar is also one of them. We are not like them.”This is wrong. They need to understand they play cricket and people treat them as gods. They can’t go out and say such things while pretending to be cool. You’re making fool out of yourself. This definitely was going to happen.”Gavaskar defends BCCI’s stanceFormer India captain Sunil Gavaskar, meanwhile, defended the BCCI’s decision to send Hardik and Rahul back home from the Australia tour.”If you do things that bring your team and the game into disrepute, then you can’t be part of the team. Of course, the inquiry will then establish what further action, if at all needed, has to be taken.”They have been asked to come back and I believe it’s the correct step because you can’t have suspended players travelling with the team or staying in the same room. They have got to be kept away. Otherwise, what’s the point of the suspension? If they are going to enjoy the perks of being with the team.”India captain Virat Kohli had insisted that the controversy surrounding Pandya and Rahul won’t affect Team India, with regards to the combination in the ongoing ODI series against Australia. Also Read | Won’t travel in same bus as Hardik Pandya, KL Rahul: Harbhajan SinghAlso Read | Second time in 82 years Indian cricketers sent back from overseas tour over disciplinary reasonsAlso Read | Shubman Gill and Vijay Shankar to replace Hardik Pandya, KL Rahul in Australia, New ZealandSee:Alsolast_img read more

Andhra Pradesh govt announces payment of 27% Interim Relief to employees

first_imgThe Andhra Pradesh government on Saturday announced payment of 27 per cent Interim Relief (IR) to its employees, pending the recommendations of the Pay Revision Commission.Principal Finance Secretary Shamsher Singh Rawat issued an order to this effect, stating that the interim relief would be paid at the rate of 27 per cent of the basic pay with monetary benefit from July 1, 2019.27% Interim Relief to employeesPay scales of state government employees were last revised with effect from July 1, 2013 but the monetary benefits were extended from June 2, 2014, consequent to the state bifurcation.The government constituted the 11th Pay Revision Commission, headed by retired IAS officer Ashutosh Mishra, on May 28, 2018.Though the Commission was supposed to submit its recommendations within a year, its tenure was extended till September 30, 2019.Final recommendations of the Commission pendingService associations representing the employees requested the government to sanction interim relief, pending the final recommendations of the Commission.After taking over as Chief Minister on May 30, Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy accepted the employees request and accordingly the Cabinet, at its first meeting on June 10, approved the IR proposal.The interim relief will impose an extra financial burden of Rs 815 crore on the exchequer and benefit around four lakh state government employees.Who can take benefits of Interim Relief?The IR would be applicable to all government employees, including those working in panchayat raj institutions and urban local bodies, government institutions receiving Grants-in-Aid, work charged employees and full-time contingent employees who were currently drawing pay in the revised scales, 2015, Rawat said in the order.advertisementThe IR would, however, be not applicable to officers of the Andhra Pradesh State Higher Judicial Service, AP State Judicial Service, All India Services and those drawing salaries on UGC, AICTE, ICAR and Government of India scales.Contract staff and staff of societies, autonomous institutions and Public Sector Undertakings would also not get the 27 per cent hike, Rawat added.Read: Education Budget 2019: National Sports Education Board to be set up under Khelo IndiaRead: Here’s how sports and education work well togetherlast_img read more

ESPN’s Kirk Herbstreit Names 3 Games He’s Really Excited About In Week 4

first_imgKirk Herbstreit speaks on ESPN about college football.Kirk Herbstreit, like most of us, is excited for the upcoming weekend of college football. From a Thursday night matchup between Tulsa and Temple to Saturday night’s final game between Duquesne and Hawaii, there is a full slate of college football action.Herbie, however, is focused on three intriguing matchups.Here are the three games the College GameDay analyst is looking forward to this weekend.Texas A&M vs. AlabamaTCU vs. TexasStanford vs. OregonHerbire broke down all of the action in the video below.First 3 weeks of the season have been incredible and Week 4 won’t disappoint. Here are my thoughts on this week’s top games thanks to my friends @TGIFridays and @CoorsLight #spon pic.twitter.com/1dDoWLSlDp— Kirk Herbstreit (@KirkHerbstreit) September 19, 2018Herbstreit will get a front row seat to watch the Cardinal battle the Ducks in Oregon as College Gamday kicks off from Eugene. Herbie will be calling the game between the No. 7 and No. 20 ranked teams respectively.Can the Aggies take down the Crimson Tide this weekend, just two weeks after pushing Clemson to the brink?Stay tuned for all of Saturday’s college football action.last_img read more

Vidarbha, the new powerhouse of domestic cricket

first_img Indo-Asian News Service New DelhiFebruary 17, 2019UPDATED: February 17, 2019 15:53 IST Vidarbha proved doubters wrong by successfully defending the Ranji Trophy and Irani Cup (PTI Photo)HIGHLIGHTSVidarbha won the Ranji Trophy and Irani Cup during the 2017-18 seasonVidarbha became only the sixth team to defend the Ranji TrophyVidarbha also became the third team to defend the Ranji Trophy and Irani CupMumbai, Delhi, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu are the teams which have always dominated the domestic cricket circuit. However, Vidarbha — one of the lower rated teams not too long ago — has changed people’s assumptions and has done the unexpected.This team not only won the Ranji Trophy and Irani Cup during the 2017-18 season but also successfully defended both titles this year.When Vidarbha won both the tournaments last year, many critics said it was just a fluke. But by successfully defending both the titles, the team has proved everyone wrong.There were many heroes behind Vidarbha’s victory as when a team wins, not only the players on the field but also the entire support staff, coaches, players off the field contribute in some way or the other.It was a surprise for many that a team which always failed to qualify for the knockout stage has four major titles to its name now. The reason behind it is the players hard work and coach Chandrakant Pandit.Pandit, who played five Tests and 36 ODIs for India, was named Vidarbha’s coach in the 2017-18 season and guided the team to victory in his very first year in office. Pandit, however, is infamous in the domestic circuit for his tough coaching style.The 57-year-old coach imposes a fine of Rs 500 on the bowlers for every no ball during a practice session and also personally speaks to the players for boosting their morale.Before coming to Nagpur, Pandit had led Mumbai to become Ranji champions.advertisementTalking to IANS, Aditya Sarwate, who played a significant role for Vidarbha in the Ranji final, said: “We took every game as a do-or-die affair which has been our plus point. Chandu Sir’s approach has been effective as he never takes any team lightly.”According to Sarwate, walking on the path showed by Pandit is the main reason behind Vidarbha’s success.Not only Pandit, there have been many heroes for Vidarbha and one such name is Wasim Jaffer, who switched to this team from Mumbai. Once a member of the Indian Test team, Jaffer joined Vidarbha in the 2015-16 season. Jaffer had earlier led Mumbai to become Ranji champions and has tremendous experience of big matches which proved helpfull for Vidarbha.Jaffer, who accumulated 1037 runs from 15 innings, not only contributed with the bat but also played a crucial role in the team’s strategy making. He did not play in the Irani Cup but mentored the team.In sports like cricket, a team’s success revolves around it’s captain. Faiz Fazal turned out to be Vidarbha’s most successful captain. From being a key strategy maker on the field, Fazal, who plays as an opener, also provided strong starts to his team.Sarwate also acknowledged that Jaffer and Fazal’s presence strengthened Vidarbha’s batting.”Wasim is a legend as his presence in the team is a huge factor. Fazal is also doing well for the team regularly. Our batting was strong because of these two and a big credit goes to Wasim and Fazal for our success,” Sarwate said.In both the seasons, the team combination was almost the same however, the heroes were different which shows Vidarbha has not tasted success relying on any particular player.In the last season, apart from Jaffer and Fazal, Akshay Wadkar was also impressive with the bat while Rajneesh Gurbani starred with the ball, leading Vidarbha to bag consecutive titles.This year, the story changed as players like Sarwate and Akshay Karnewar hogged the limelight and their impressive show helped Vidarbha defend the title. Akshay Wakhare, Umesh Yadav and Ganesh Satish also joined the list.In this season, Vidarbha played to a draw in their first three games but outclassed Chhattisgarh by 10 wickets in the fourth match. The Ranji champions didn’t lose even one game this season.In the last two years, the major change in the Vidarbha team has been their hunger to prove themselves. This hunger united the team and made Vidarbha a champion team, defeating whom became a herculean task for many big teams.Despite the absence of Jaffer and Umesh in the Irani Cup, Vidarbha proved that it is not a side which simply relies on big names. The passion in Vidarbha compelled the Rest of India skipper Ajinkya Rahane to say that other teams should learn from them.Also Read | Vidarbha join elite company after defending Ranji Trophy and Irani CupAlso Read | Vidarbha’s X-factor, Aditya SarwateAlso Read | Vidarbha beat Saurashtra by 78 runs to defend Ranji Trophy titleadvertisementFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. 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 Tags :Follow VidarbhaFollow Ranji TrophyFollow Irani Cup Vidarbha, the new powerhouse of domestic cricketVidarbha won the Ranji Trophy and Irani Cup this year. In the process they became only the sixth team to defend the Ranji Trophy and also became the third ever team to defend the Ranji Trophy and Irani Cup back-to-backadvertisementlast_img read more

Happy Independence Day: WWE superstars John Cena, Becky Lynch wish Indian fans. Watch

first_img India Today Web Desk New DelhiAugust 15, 2019UPDATED: August 15, 2019 13:29 IST (WWE YouTube video grab)HIGHLIGHTSIndia is celebrating its 73rd Independence Day todayWWE posted a video on Twitter in which a host of superstars wished their Indian fansJohn Cena, Becky Lynch, Seth Rollins, Roman Reigns, Kavita Devi etc all featured in the videoWorld Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) superstars on Wednesday sent out a special shout out to their fans in India on the occasion of its 73rd Independence Day with former champion John Cena leading the way.16-time WWE champion John Cena posted a special video on his Facebook page wishing his Indians fans a very Happy Independence Day.SmackDown women’s champion Bayley, Raw women’s champion Becky Lynch, superstar Indian wrestler Kavita Devi led the wishes among the female wrestlers.Superstars Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns also featured along with The New Day team comprising of Big E, Kofi Kingston and Xavier Woods.#WWESuperstars @JohnCena, @BeckyLynchWWE, @WWERomanReigns and more wish the #WWEUniverse in #India a Happy #IndependenceDay2019.#WWENowIndia pic.twitter.com/1tJotWzcTCWWE (@WWEIndia) August 15, 2019Meanwhile, the Indian cricket team members also had a special video made in which they wished fans on the occasion of Independence Day.The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) shared a video on Twitter which they captioned, “#TeamIndia wishes everyone a very Happy Independence Day. Jai Hind #IndependenceDay”.India skipper Virat Kohli termed the Independence day as ,”the most iconic day in the history of our country” whereas Kedar Jadhav wished the Indian fans in Marathi language. India vice-captain Rohit Sharma, coach Ravi Shastri were leading the wishes followed by Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal.#TeamIndia wishes everyone a very Happy Independence DayJai Hind #IndependenceDay pic.twitter.com/z2Ji00T2l0BCCI (@BCCI) August 14, 2019Indian cricket fans woke up to the splendid news of the cricket team winning the three-match ODI series against West Indies in Port of Spain.advertisementIndia defeated the Windies by 6 wickets (DLS method) in yet another rain-curtailed match to clinch the series 2-0.Also Read | Independence Day: Lt Col MS Dhoni visits Ladakh, spends time with jawans at Army hospitalAlso Read | Happy Independence Day: Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma lead wishes from India cricket teamFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. 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 byrohan sen Tags :Follow WWEFollow India Independence DayFollow 73rd independence dayFollow Independence Day wishes Happy Independence Day: WWE superstars John Cena, Becky Lynch wish Indian fans. WatchIndia is celebrating its 73rd Independence Day and World Wrestling Entertainment took this opportunity to get together a host of superstar wrestler to wish their desi fans.advertisement Nextlast_img read more

CCCJ Official Participates In Leadership Conference in Arizona

first_img “With the mandate that is given to me… I am expected to prepare a programme where persons who are looking at community college leadership will become exposed to some of the strategies that I have learnt… to build what we have in Jamaica,” he said. Among areas examined were communication, marketing, benefits of sitting on external committees, work of boards, entrepreneurship, and support systems for staff and students. “It was a compressive programme,” Mr. Isaacs said. Jamaica’s community college system stands to benefit from the recent participation of member of the Council of Community Colleges of Jamaica (CCCJ), Howard Isaacs, in a one-week leadership conference in Arizona in the United States (US). Story Highlights Jamaica’s community college system stands to benefit from the recent participation of member of the Council of Community Colleges of Jamaica (CCCJ), Howard Isaacs, in a one-week leadership conference in Arizona in the United States (US).Organised by the League for Innovation in the Community College, the event provided the opportunity for potential community college presidents, or those in transition, to analyse their abilities, reflect on their interests, refine their skills and engage in leadership discussions with community college leaders from across North America.Among areas examined were communication, marketing, benefits of sitting on external committees, work of boards, entrepreneurship, and support systems for staff and students. “It was a compressive programme,” Mr. Isaacs said.He told JIS News that he will be imparting what he has learnt to help build leadership across the country’s community college system.“With the mandate that is given to me… I am expected to prepare a programme where persons who are looking at community college leadership will become exposed to some of the strategies that I have learnt… to build what we have in Jamaica,” he said.He noted that Jamaica, under the CCCJ, where he once served as Interim Executive Director, has developed a very effective system for higher education.“The community colleges are vibrant, economically capable of offering a programme with the same qualifications and certificates that you can get at a university, because of how dynamic we are.That’s what makes us so unique. We need to build that model, because it is working in other places and it is working in Jamaica,” he said.The League for Innovation in the Community College is an international non-profit organisation with a mission to cultivate innovation in the community college environment.It was founded in 1968, and over its almost five decades of existence, it has sponsored more than 200 conferences, institutes, seminars, and workshops; published over 200 reports, monographs, periodicals, and books; led approximately 140 research and demonstration projects; and provided numerous other resources and services to the community college field.last_img read more

Christmas Festival of Trees and Crafts

first_imgThat time of year is here again — when the smell of balsam fir gets excitement brewing and bells jingling. The 18 annual Christmas Festival of Trees and Crafts is inviting all Nova Scotians to get in the holiday spirit. The event involves communities, industry and government in celebration of the natural balsam fir Christmas tree and its importance to Nova Scotia. The festival takes place at the Natural Resources Education Centre and the Musquodoboit Valley Education Centre, beginning on Friday, Nov. 30, at 6 p.m. and wrapping up on Sunday, Dec. 2, at 4 p.m. Community groups and businesses decorate and display about 30 balsam fir trees, which are provided by the Natural Resources Education Centre woodlot, and the Lunenburg County Christmas Tree Producers Association. The opening ceremony takes place on Friday, Nov. 30, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Natural Resources Education Centre. There will be greetings by special guests, the tree-lighting ceremony at 6:30 p.m. and festive entertainment by youth choirs and community groups. On Saturday, Dec. 1, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sunday, Dec. 2, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., the Festival of Crafts will provide opportunities for visitors to browse through displays of Nova Scotia’s finest crafts. The $1 admission provides access to more than 60 Maritime crafters, presenting a large variety of unique items. Visitors can also stop in to St. Nick’s Café and enjoy a cup of warm apple cider and gingerbread served by local groups. Many local businesses and organizations make donations to sponsor this community event. The community chips in to provide volunteers and baked goods. For more information, go to www.gov.ns.ca/natr/extension/centre/christmas_festival_2007.html . The Natural Resources Education Centre is located at 12014 Highway 224, Middle Musquodoboit. The Musquodoboit Valley Education Centre is located at 12046 Highway 224, Middle Musquodoboit. For detailed directions to the Natural Resources Education Centre, go to www.gov.ns.ca/natr/extension/centre/pdf/MiddleMap.pdf .last_img read more

February is Proclaimed African Heritage Month

first_imgA month-long celebration of culture, heritage and progress was launched today, Jan. 27, when February was proclaimed African Heritage Month at Province House. Also unveiled at the launch was this year’s theme: Leading Ladies, Lasting Legacies. It honours the unsung matriarchs who have made lasting contributions to their communities. “Every February, our community organizes and gathers at events provincewide to honour its history and longevity,” said Office of African Nova Scotian Affairs Minister Percy Paris, who made the proclamation. “This year we’re taking the time to acknowledge the special contributions six women made to Nova Scotia. Their combined kindness, wisdom and generosity have touched the lives of many Nova Scotians of African descent. “I encourage all Nova Scotians to make an effort to discover and celebrate the contributions of Edith Cromwell, Ada Fells, Geraldine White, Beryl Braithwaite, May Sheppard and Wilena Jones and the lasting contributions they have made to our province.” To honour the matriarchs, spoken word artist and Halifax Regional Municipality poet laureate Shauntay Grant wrote and performed an original piece. It was a moving tribute to the women’s dedication to their communities. “There are a number of great and diverse activities that will interest everyone taking place this month,” said Wayn Hamilton, African Nova Scotian Affairs CEO. “From Sydney to Amherst, New Glasgow to Digby and everywhere in between there is something planned for almost every day in February.” The community events calendar and more information on African Heritage Month are available on the African Nova Scotian Affairs website at www.gov.ns.ca/ansa. The calendar is updated as information on events is received. Weekly updates will be available by calling 902-424-3842, beginning Saturday, Jan. 30. Again this year, the African History Month Information Network worked in partnership with the Office of African Nova Scotian Affairs to develop a month-long calendar of events across the province. The network includes African Nova Scotian Affairs, African Nova Scotian Music Association, African Heritage Month North-Central Network, African Heritage Month Southwest Network, Black History Month Association, Cumberland African Nova Scotian Association, Cape Breton Service Providers, and the Valley African Nova Scotian Development Association.last_img read more

HOW DAN LEVY MADE THE FUNNIEST SHOW ON TV

first_img Login/Register With: Dan Levy (Photo by CBC) Advertisement Facebook Advertisement DAN LEVY MADE SCHITT’S CREEK WITH HIS DAD. BUT IT’S HIS WEIRD LITTLE BABY.Here’s what I think we should do,” Dan Levy says as he leafs through a rack of Balenciaga, selecting an oversize matte gray hoodie with “europa!” emblazoned on its front. “We should lean into the moment here, because this is the kind of thing people come here for.”It’s a December morning and we’ve been wandering the freshly opened Dover Street Market in Los Angeles, a single-level fashion maze outfitted in an old warehouse, with brick walls painted gallery-white and a distracted funhouse layout housing various lines of Comme des Garçons, Prada, and Gucci. Part art installation, part sartorial playground, this is clothing less as a matter of practical exigency and more as a multisensory experience. There are no fewer than five, equally chic salespeople offering us water or assistance.“I say we do just a full fashion look,” he continues. “Label whore-y.” READ MORE‘SCHITT’S CREEK’ CAST REVEALS DREAM GUEST STARS: OPRAH, BEYONCE AND …“Schitt’s Creek” has big dreams.Dan Levy, who stars as David on the series, says his wish list of guest stars includes Oprah, Beyonce, Mariah Carey and Gwyneth Paltrow. “All for different reasons, none of whom we’ll get,” he cracked at the Critics’ Choice Awards.For those who haven’t caught on to the “Schitt’s Creek” phenomenon, the show centers around the Roses, a wealthy family (Dan’s real-life dad Eugene Levy plays his father, with Catherine O’Hara as his former soap opera star mom and his sister Alexis played by Annie Murphy) who are forced to relocate to Schitt’s Creek, a small town they bought for their son as a birthday gift when he was still a child, after they lose all their money. READ MOREIN CONVERSATION WITH ACTOR AND COMEDIAN DAN LEVYThe Great Canadian Baking Show host weighs in on oven drama, queer characters and working with his dad, Eugene.You’re already the star and showrunner of the hit comedy Schitt’s Creek. What made you decide to also get involved with a baking series?I was binge-watching The Great British Baking Show and tweeted that if it ever came to Canada, I’d love to host it. I went to sleep and woke up to a million responses saying it is coming here and I should do it. Then I got the call from CBC asking, “Are you serious?”Why do you think food reality shows are so popular? People like the positivity. It’s a show about trying to improve yourself—the competition is between the baker and their oven. And it’s suspenseful! You might think, How much suspense can you have in a show about baking? But there is high anxiety in finding out if the bottom of your pie has baked all the way through. READ MORE How Schitt’s Creek Pulled Off the Making of The Crows Have Eyes IIIIf Schitt’s Creek fans thought Catherine O’Hara was deserving of more awards attention before, the season-five premiere should settle it beyond a shadow of a doubt. The episode finds O’Hara’s Moira Rose traveling to Bosnia to film her “comeback vehicle,” The Crows Have Eyes III: The Crowening. Initially, the movie’s jaded young director, Blaire (no last name), shows zero interest in discussing Moira’s extensive script revisions. “It’s an apocalyptic fantasy about mutant crows; I think we all know what we’re making here,” he says. (“A timely allegory about prejudice,” she answers.) But Moira will not be deterred. She later reminds him of a lesson she learned during her soap-opera days, when she was asked to play her own father who became pregnant despite a vasectomy and portray what remains the longest-running demonic possession in daytime: “We were No. 1. Every project has potential. If you allow yourself to see it, and give it the respect it deserves, others just may follow suit.”The episode, written by executive producer/co-star Dan Levy, culminates with Moira standing in a large nest in front of a green screen and delivering a stirring monologue as Dr. Clara Mandrake — who’s now half-human, half-crow. To quote Blaire (guest star James Cade), “I don’t know why, or really even how, but something about this actually works.” READ MOREYES, SCHITT’S CREEK REALLY IS THAT GOODWe regret having slept on this clever and occasionally poignant show for so long—maybe you will, too.For whatever reason, I was initially reluctant to watch Schitt’s Creek. For years, even. Maybe it was the title, which suggested something crass and obvious, a small-town satire of hicks and rubes and the snobs who scoff at them. Or maybe the Canadianness of the show off-put me somehow—though as a nearly lifelong Degrassi fan, a few “sore-ys” shouldn’t have bothered me.I certainly wasn’t deterred by the cast, or at least the grande dame of the group, Catherine O’Hara—an undersung comedic genius whose presence alone ought to have brought me running. Yet I avoided the series, didn’t much listen to friends who told me it was good, ignored O’Hara’s siren call. How foolish I was! READ MOREKNOW YOUR SCHITT! A GUIDE TO THE CAST & CHARACTERS OF SCHITT’S CREEKSchitt’s Creek has kicked off its fifth season so you may already be well-acquainted with the fish-out-of-water tale of a bankrupt clan from the big city banished to a rural town with an expletive-adjacent name they bought as a joke. You may already know that Eugene Levy and his son, showrunner Dan Levy, co-created Schitt’s Creek together making it an on-and-off screen family affair. You’ve probably seen the Twitter campaigns to give the show all the awards. If you are watching Schitt’s Creek, you know its popularity is due to its sidesplitting cast of lovable misfits and the actors who portray them. READ MORE‘SCHITT’S CREEK’ FLOWS SMOOTHLY INTO SEASON 5A sitcom lucky enough to reach its fifth season has managed to navigate its vulnerable infancy, its nervous childhood, its awkward adolescence and its halting young-adulthood. Like most of us at that stage of life, it knows what it is — enough to convincingly fake it, anyway — and it can finally get on with the business of being that.College is done, the world beckons, they’re at peak confidence and vitality. The hard work’s over, right? Smooth sailing!Wrong. The real work is only beginning. READ MOREcenter_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment This is a story Levy has heard, in one version or another, over and over again since the show premiered almost four years ago. “The most vulnerable place you can be is in front of your television screen,” he says. “To change conversations in people’s households about the beauty of gay love is an unbelievable thing to behold.” READ MORE Advertisement HOW DAN LEVY MADE THE FUNNIEST SHOW ON TVDan Levy might not have meant to make the most consistently perfect 20-ish minutes of television regularly available, but he has: Schitt’s Creek (the fifth season of which premieres on Pop tonight) is laugh-out-loud funny situational and observational comedy that is somehow as dry as it is warm. Amid a landscape of heavy-handed “political” shows and unintelligent fluff, his show has steadily emerged as an oasis of good humor, sweetness, and gentle snark. Levy, as its showrunner and one of its stars, is to thank for many of Schitt’s Creek’s pleasures, as well as its central concept, which could not be better suited for our current Trump era: rich people getting what they deserve.Though his father, Eugene Levy, has made a career—namely with Second City, Christopher Guest’s comedies, and in seminal teen gross-outs like American Pie—out of straight-playing, slightly bumbling everyman roles realized with both outright ridiculousness and dignity, Dan Levy began his own rise to televised fame as a host on a Canadian after-show for The Hills. This knowledge—of reality television and its chronicling of American ostentatiousness—has served him well: David Rose, his character on the show, with his all-black designer wardrobe and its curious embellishments, could have been plucked from any number of MTV’s reality offerings, past or present; the gist of the plot (swindled out of their fortune, the Roses are dropped into a ridiculously named rural town their patriarch bought as a joke and forced to get jobs and find purpose as they attempt to scheme and strive their way back into the lives they left behind) would be welcome on Bravo’s slate at any time of day. READ MORESCHITT’S CREEK IS SO EXCELLENT BECAUSE DAN LEVY CALLS THE SHOTSDuring a benefit for the Trevor Project last year, Dan Levy was approached by a total stranger. She opened up to him (in a crowd of over 800 people) about her upbringing as a queer person in a very religious family, alluding to difficulties with her mother, in particular. But then, she finished her story by thanking him. His show, Schitt’s Creek, which has its season 5 premiere tomorrow, was a favorite of her mom’s. And when the pansexual character David (portrayed by Levy) finally found love with Patrick (played by Noah Reid) in season four, it changed something in their mother-daughter dynamic. Her mom finally understood a little something about the distance between them. Twitterlast_img read more

Mixedrace families on rise in real life so why all the fuss

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Leanne Italie, The Associated Press Posted Jun 5, 2013 1:20 pm MDT Mixed-race families on rise in real life, so why all the fuss over Cheerios ad on TV? NEW YORK, N.Y. – A mom sits at her kitchen table when her grade schooler saunters up with a big box of Cheerios.“Mom,” says the girl. “Dad told me Cheerios is good for your heart. Is that true?”Cut to dad waking from a nap on the living room couch with a pile of Cheerios on his chest (where his heart is) crunchily cascading to the floor.The message is in line with the company’s Heart Healthy campaign, except this 30-second ad features a black dad, white mom and biracial child and produced enough vitriol on YouTube last week that Cheerios requested the comments section be turned off.This week, the company is standing by the fictitious family, which reflects a black-white racial mix uncommon in commercials today, especially in ads on TV, at a time when interracial and interethnic couples are on the rise in real life, according to 2010 U.S. Census data, brand strategists and marketing consultants.“The reality is that in general most big companies don’t want to take a lot of risks,” said Laura Ries, who has written five books on marketing and brand strategy and consults for companies large, small and in between.“The ability for nameless, faceless people to get on the Internet is out there, and companies don’t like it when people yell at them,” she said.Camille Gibson, vice-president of marketing for Cheerios, said it’s the first time the ad campaign that focuses on family moments has featured an interracial couple, with General Mills Inc. casting the actors to reflect the changing U.S. population.“We felt like we were reflecting an American family,” Gibson said.As a large company, Minneapolis-based General Mills is used to getting some degree of negative feedback and wasn’t surprised by the comments on YouTube, she said, but it was the first time the company requested the site turn the comments section off because of the vitriol.Another site, Reddit, filtered out negative comments on a thread started with a comment in support of the ad. The site left Cheerios defenders’ remarks online.The national ad will continue running as scheduled for several more months and Cheerios isn’t planning any changes, Gibson said. She declined to say whether the campaign would feature interracial ads going forward.Overall, Gibson said, the feedback has been overwhelmingly supportive: “Consumers are actually responding very positively to the ad.”With millions of ad dollars at stake, how seriously do big companies like Cheerios take racist backlashes? Very, said Allen Adamson, managing director of the branding firm Landor Associates, but caving to critics is just as dangerous to a company as large as Cheerios.“Advertisers for many years always took the safe route, which was to try to ruffle no feathers and in doing so became less and less authentic and real,” he said. “To succeed today, big brands like Cheerios need to be in touch with what’s authentic and true about American families.”Those families include married couples of different races and ethnicities who grew by 28 per cent in the decade between 2000 and 2010, from 7 per cent to 10 per cent, Census data shows.“The traditional approach depicting the old ‘Leave it to Beaver’ family, while offending no one, is not very realistic,” Adamson said.In addition to Cheerios, General Mills makes Betty Crocker cake mixes, Pillsbury refrigerated dough and Yoplait yogurts. The ad agency Saatchi & Saatchi, which created the ad, referred a call from The Associated Press to its client.Actor Charles Malik Whitfield, who portrays the sleeping dad in the spot, thanked supporters of the ad and sees an opportunity for opening a dialogue with its detractors.“Let’s not pretend racism doesn’t exist. Let’s not pretend that we’ve come so far. Let’s be conscious of and appreciate the noise, and the negativity, because there’s so much work to be done,” he said in a telephone interview from Los Angeles.Cheerios is not the first brand to show a black and white couple with a biracial child. A TV commercial for Blockbuster recently featured a white mom, black dad and biracial son enjoying a rental on the couch. As far back as 2009, Philadelphia Cream Cheese and its “spread a little joy” campaign had a black man and white woman (no wedding bands) enjoying a bagel breakfast in bed.In another along those lines, a black woman is shown kissing a white man as the two stir a bit of Philadelphia Cream Cheese into a pasta sauce and kiss.Nina Barton, senior marketing director for Philadelphia Cream Cheese in Glenview, Ill., said in an email that the 140-year-old brand also believes its advertising “should reflect what American families look like today.”She added: “While we did receive comments, both positive and negative, in response to our national campaign, it didn’t influence our future casting decisions.”In the case of Cheerios, Ries said, the benefits outweigh the risks.“It’s important for brands to take risks in line with what their brand is about,” she said. “In this case Cheerios is the first food of children everywhere.”___AP Food Industry Writer Candice Choi in New York contributed to this report. read more

Northern Gateway pipeline unlikely to start up by 2018 according to project

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by News Staff Posted Sep 4, 2014 11:11 am MDT The president of the Northern Gateway pipeline says the possibility of a 2018 start-up date is “quickly evaporating.”John Carruthers says the company planning to build the project, Enbridge Inc. (TSX:ENB), is focused on getting support from First Nations groups along the pipeline’s route through British Columbia.He told a Calgary business audience that the process of “re-engagement” with First Nations will take time and he’s not too fussed about keeping to a schedule. Northern Gateway, which has been in the works for six years, received regulatory approval in June, but the company has said it’s not in a rush to put shovels in the ground.In addition to discussions with First Nations, Enbridge is also in the process of pinning down a new cost estimate and working through 209 conditions imposed with the regulatory approval.If built, Northern Gateway would ship 525,000 barrels per day of diluted oilsands crude from the Edmonton area to Kitimat, B.C., where the oil would be loaded onto tankers and shipped to Asia. Northern Gateway pipeline unlikely to start up by 2018, according to project president read more

UN agency condemns attacks on Palestinian refugees in Syria

The UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) expressed concern after reports of Palestinian children being killed or injured by explosions near their schools.On Monday, Basem al-Hindi, a 14-year-old Palestinian refugee sustained serious wounds to his head when a suspected mortar round exploded on a public road in Damascus, the capital. A few hours later, Basem died of his wounds, UNRWA stated in a news release.The incident occurred just a few metres from UNRWA’s Tantouri School, where Basem was a student. Tantouri is one of 30 schools managed by the Agency and currently functioning in the wider area of Rif Damascus.According to UNRWA, another student was injured by the same explosion while a Syrian man and his two daughters were killed. The explosion reportedly targeted a checkpoint recently set up close to the school.“UNRWA is saddened by this tragic and violent end to the life of a Palestine refugee child and three members of a Syrian family,” said the Agency. “The thoughts of UNRWA and its staff are with the families of all those involved, both Palestinian and Syrian.”UNRWA underlined that all sides must comply with their international legal obligations to respect human life and protect refugees and other civilians in armed conflict, and added that “no military or political objective could justify such blatant disregard for the safety of children or the sanctity of human life.”Up to 70,000 people, mostly civilians, have been killed since the uprising against President Bashar al-Assad began in March 2011. In addition, more than 900,000 people have fled to neighbouring countries, 2 million have been internally displaced and over 4 million people are in need of humanitarian assistance.“UNRWA, once more and with a renewed sense of urgency, reiterates its previous calls to all concerned parties to resolve the conflict in Syria through dialogue and negotiations,” the Agency said. read more

Bangladesh Ban deeply saddened at loss of life and injuries in building

“He extends his sincere condolences to the Government and people of Bangladesh,” his spokesperson said in a statement issued today. “He expresses his deepest sympathies to those who have lost loved ones or have been otherwise affected by this tragedy.”Mr. Ban stated the UN’s readiness to provide any assistance that may be needed in the wake of Wednesday’s collapse of the eight-storey Rana Plaza building. The accident has reportedly killed at least 307 people, while as many as 50 survivors have been located so far. He has also expressed his sympathies in a letter to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.

Week in Westminster – Week ending Friday 10 January 2014

DOWNLOAD1. 2013 sees strong growth in UK new car and commercial vehicle registrations.2. Government to consult on reforms to zero hours contracts.3. TfL launches consultation on proposed changes to congestion charging scheme.4. EEF Executive Survey 2014 published.5. Week ahead.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)