Below-par bowling, India’s bane?

Posted On Nov 28 2019 by

Giant prepared to bring bike to India for Rs 10.6 lakh

Posted On Nov 27 2019 by

first_imgGiant bicycle headed to IndiaInternationally renowned bike maker Giant is all set to bring the world’s fastest bicycle, Propel Advanced SL 0, to India at a sticker price that will put the best Harleys to shame. This bicycle will cost, hold your breath, Rs 10.6 lakh and has been used in the Tour de France, the toughest bicycle event in the world. It has been vigorously tested in Europe to certify that it is fastest among them all.  Propel’s frame will be made of carbon fibre, which is commonly used in making Formula 1 racing cars, as well as the Boeing Dreamliner aircraft. A total of 22 gears, along with numerous electronic gear components are responsible for the motion of this bicycle.Pravin Patil, MD at Giant Starkenn said, “The measure how fast a bicycle is how much air it can cut and how aerodynamic it is. There is no top speed, but it can do 70 kph and more.” He also stated the following, “During the Auto Expo, we brought our top of the line Trinity Advanced SL 0 that costs Rs 10.89 lakh and were surprised when it was picked up a month later. That gave us confidence that such expensive bikes will find takers here.”This bicycle will be imported from Taiwan in a semi-knocked down condition and will be assemble assembled in India by Starkenn Sports, the entity responsible for marketing Giant bicycles in the country. Giant already has stores in Pune and Bengaluru, and will be adding add Delhi and Mumbai this fiscal. According to the company, Hyderabad, Ahmedabad, Chandigarh and Chennai will follow suit next fiscal. These bicycles can also be purchased online.advertisementThe Indian premium bicycles market is estimated at roughly 250,000 units per annum, generating an overall turnover of Rs 100 crore.last_img read more

Brazil casts aside crisis in rousing Rio Games opening

Posted On Nov 26 2019 by

first_img SHARE SHARE EMAIL COMMENTS Brazil’s interim President Michel Temer declared open the first Games ever in South America. SHARE 2/2 null Published on × RELATED Interactive: The business of Olympics India’s schedule in Rio Olympics on August 06 Archery: Atanu Das makes stellar debut; women archers disappoint Hope fills Indian hearts as the ‘samba’ Games begin Brazil unfurled a vast canvas celebrating its rainforest and the creative energy of its wildly diverse population in welcoming the world on Friday to the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, all to the pounding beat of samba, bossa nova and funk.Brazil’s interim President Michel Temer declared open the first Games ever in South America. But in a display of the deep political divisions plaguing Brazil, he was jeered by some in the crowd at the famed Maracana soccer stadium. COMMENTcenter_img Rio 2016: Faster, Higher, Stronger Fireworks explode during the Rio Olympics 2016 opening ceremony at the Maracana stadium, Brazil.   –  Reuters India at Rio: Biggest contingent eyes richest medal haul Quiz on Olympics The ‘analogue’ showUnlike the opening ceremonies in Beijing in 2008 and London in 2012, a financially constrained Brazil had little choice but to put on a more “analogue” show, with minimal high-tech and a heavy dependence on the vast talent of Brazil and its Carnival party traditions. In the nearly four-hour event, nothing appeared to go awry.While the Rio 2016 organizing committee has not said how much the ceremony cost, it is believed to be about half of the $42 million spent by London in 2012.Also read, Interactive: The business of OlympicsThe show drew homegrown stars, like supermodel Gisele Bundchen, who walked across the stadium to the sound of bossa nova hit “Girl from Ipanema” and tropicalia legends Caetano Veloso and Gilberto Gil. Everyone performed for free.Loud cheering erupted when two of the last teams entered the stadium: the first Refugee team in Olympic history and finally a samba-dancing Brazil contingent.The joyful opening contrasted with months of turmoil and chaos, not only in the organization of the Olympics but across Brazil as it endures its worst economic recession in decades and a deep political crisis.Temer, flanked by dozens of heads of state, played a minor role in the ceremony, speaking just a few words. The leader who was supposed to preside over the Games, President Dilma Rousseff, was suspended last May to face an impeachment trial and tweeted that she was “sad to not be at the party.” 1/2 The Olympic Flame is seen lit at the Maracana stadium, Brazil ahead of the Olympics 2016.   –  Reuters August 06, 2016 Fireworks explode during the Rio Olympics 2016 opening ceremony at the Maracana stadium, Brazil.   –  Reuters The opening ceremony was decidedly simple and low-tech, a reflection of Brazil’s tough economic times. In one of the world’s most unequal societies, the spectacle celebrated the culture of the favelas, the slums that hang vertiginously above the renowned beaches of Rio and ring the Maracana.There was no glossing over history either: from the arrival of the Portuguese and their conquest of the indigenous populations to the use of African slave labour for 400 years. The clash of cultures, as the ceremony showed, is what makes Brazil the complex mosaic that it is.Home to the Amazon, the world’s largest rainforest, Brazil used the ceremony to call on the 3 billion people watching the opening of the world’s premiere sporting event to take care of the planet, plant seeds and protect the verdant land that Europeans found here five centuries ago.Brazilian marathon runner Vanderlei Cordeiro de Lima, a bronze medallist in Athens in 2004, lit the Olympic cauldron, a small and low-emission model befitting the environmental theme of these Games. The Olympic Flame is seen lit at the Maracana stadium, Brazil ahead of the Olympics 2016.   –  Reuters The $12 billion price tag to organize the Games has aggrieved many in the nation of 200 million and in Rio, where few can see the benefits of the spectacle or even afford to attend the Games.Due to Brazil’s most intense security operation ever, some among the 50,000 attendees faced two-hour-long lines as Brazil staged its most intense security operation ever.People on the peripheryThe creative minds behind the opening ceremony were determined to put on a show that would not offend a country in dire economic straits but would showcase the famously upbeat nature of Brazilians.It started with the beginning of life itself in Brazil, and the population that formed in the vast forests and built their communal huts, the ocas.The Portuguese bobbed to shore in boats, the African slaves rolled in on wheels and together they ploughed through the forests and planted the seeds of modern Brazil.“They’re talking about slavery? Wow,” said Bryan Hossy, a black Brazilian who watched the ceremony in a bar in Copacabana. “They have to talk about that. It’s our story.”The mega-cities of Brazil formed in a dizzying video display as acrobats jumped from roof to roof of emerging buildings and then on to the steep favela that served as the front stage for the ceremony.From the favela came Brazilian funk, a contemporary mash-up of 20th century rhythms, sung by stars Karol Conka and 12-year-old rapper MC Soffia.“This is a conquest. The people on the periphery are having an influence, it’s a recognition of their art,” said Eduardo Alves, director of social watchdog Observatorio de Favelas.Before the entry of a few thousand of the 11,000 athletes that will be competing in the Games, the playful rhythms of the ceremony gave way to a sober message about climate change and rampant deforestation of the Amazon.Each athlete will be asked to plant seeds that will eventually grow into trees and be planted in Rio in a few years.The party wrapped up with a rousing parade of the city’s samba schools that compete in Carnival. Hundreds of drummers donned their colours and played out Brazil’s trademark beat, as athletes from over 200 countries tried out their first steps of samba. sportlast_img read more

Photos – The Maria Sharapova Story

Posted On Nov 26 2019 by

first_imgAdvertisementMaria Yuryevna Sharapova ( born April 19, 1987) is a Russian professional tennis player. A United States resident since 1994, Sharapova has competed on the WTA tour since 2001.She has been ranked world No. 1 in singles by the WTA on five separate occasions, for a total of 21 weeks.She is one of ten women, and the only Russian, to hold the career Grand Slam.She is also an Olympic medalist, having won silver in women’s singles at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London.Sharapova became the world No.1 for the first time on August 22, 2005, at the age of 18, and last held the ranking for the fifth time for four weeks from June 11, 2012, to July 8, 2012.Her 36 singles titles and five Grand Slam titles—two at the French Open and one each at the Australian Open, Wimbledon, and US Open—rank third among active players, behind Serena and Venus Williams. She won the year-ending WTA Finals in her debut in 2004.She has also won three doubles titles.Despite an injury-prone career, Sharapova has achieved a rare level of longevity in the women’s game.She won at least one singles title a year from 2003 until 2015, a streak only bested by Steffi Graf, Martina Navratilova, and Chris Evert. Several tennis pundits and former players have called Sharapova one of tennis’s best competitors, with John McEnroe calling her one of the best the sport has ever seen.Sharapova has been featured in a number of modeling assignments, including a feature in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue.Picture courtesy – Maria Sharapova (Instagram)Advertisementlast_img read more

Harman, Veda, Smriti, Sushma sign up with TSD Corp

Posted On Nov 18 2019 by

first_imgNew Delhi, Aug 25 (PTI) Indian women cricketers Harmanpreet Kaur, Veda Krishnamurthy, Smriti Mandhanaand and Sushma Verma have signed up with digital management company TSD, the company said today. Indias women cricket team recently took over the world with their brilliant performance at ICC Womens World Cup, where they reached the finals. They lost the finals by 9 runs against England but their will to fight won them many hearts across the globe. “We are excited to work with our new team at TSD and be a part of the Circle of Cricket community as we embark on our professional cricket career,” said the Players in a joint statement. Veda Krishnamurthy said: “Im glad to be associated with Circle of Cricket which in itself is one of the largest Sports community on Digital. “With the importance of Social Media presence growing each day, we want to stay connected to our fans as much as possible. It feels good to know that the fans today actually follow women cricket and talk about it on social media.” Ishan Yadav Mahal, Digital Head, TSD Corp said: “We have always wanted to promote Women Cricket players in a country dominated by Mens Cricket. Our desire to bring them up on the Digital space will help them to gain immense knowledge about Social Media as well as the required exposure. “Well be looking to sign more players in future and will work towards the growth of Womens cricket digitally.” TSDs stable of cricketers include former India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Virender Sehwag. PTI ATK ATKadvertisementlast_img read more

Arsenal Has Won the FA Cup after Beating Chelsea 2-1

Posted On Nov 18 2019 by

first_imgLONDON (AP) — Removing the record seventh FA Cup winner’s medal from his pocket, Arsene Wenger was gratified and yet apprehensive.“For once I have kept my medal,” said the Arsenal manager, who usually gives them away to staff members. “So that means it’s a special night for me.”And maybe his last night managing an Arsenal team.Even after beating Chelsea 2-1 in the final on Saturday, Wenger indicated he has to stew until Tuesday’s board meeting before discovering whether his 21-year reign will be extended by the record 13-time FA Cup winners.Owner Stan Kroenke told The Associated Press earlier in the season he remained “very high on Arsene.” Unsurprisingly, Wenger is anxious about publicly discussing whether he expects the north London club to offer a new contract.“I don’t think I can answer that question,” Wenger said, “at the moment.”Aaron Ramsey, who scored the winning goal to deny English Premier League champion Chelsea a double, certainly hopes there isn’t change in the dugout.“I’m happy for the manager,” Ramsey said on the Wembley Stadium pitch. “Hopefully he will be here next season.”Arsenal’s Alexis Sanchez, right, scores past Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois during the English FA Cup final soccer match between Arsenal and Chelsea at the Wembley stadium in London, Saturday, May 27, 2017. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)The fan base certainly seems more divided, with Wenger bemoaning the “very hostile environment” created by some fans demanding his removal.“It’s down to the board members if I am the right man to lead this club further,” the 67-year-old Frenchman said. “It’s not about popularity, it’s about competence.”Perhaps more competent leadership would have cleared up far sooner whether Wenger was staying. Delivering the FA Cup three times in four seasons has papered over some of the cracks as Arsenal has repeatedly come up short in the Premier League and Europe.The Gunners were eliminated from the Champions League for the seventh consecutive season in the last 16. And they won’t even be back among Europe’s elite in September after finishing fifth in the Premier League; the lowest finish since Wenger took charge in 1996.“I am convinced we were hurt by the uncertainty about my future with the players,” Wenger said.And yet Arsenal still ended the campaign with a cup victory that Wenger puts on a par with his last Premier League success in the unbeaten 2003-04 season.Just as the season reached its climax, Arsenal turned in the type of tenacious display lacking so often, and against a side so commanding in the Premier League in Antonio Conte’s first season in charge.For once, this was a day when so much went right for Wenger, even with a patched-up injury-depleted defense featuring captain Per Mertesacker making his first start in more than a year.“We had outstanding performances,” Wenger said. “We know this team has suffered.”But the season has ended with a run of six victories in May after Wenger adopted the three-man defense that has served Conte so well, until now.“They showed strength and unity,” Wenger said, “and we played spectacular football again.”There was better luck, too.When Alexis Sanchez put the ball in the net after four minutes, it appeared to be initially disallowed because Ramsey was adjudged to be interfering with play while offside. But the decision by Anthony Taylor’s assistant was overturned by the referee.“Ramsey’s interfering,” Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois said. “If he doesn’t run to the ball, I can go out and claim the ball but now because he runs I stop and then Sanchez takes advantage.”And scored his 30th goal of the season.Arsenal even had the luxury of a man advantage from the 68th when Victor Moses received a second yellow card for diving. Somehow, though, Diego Costa managed to equalize in the 76th, bringing down Willian’s lofted ball on his chest and striking past David Ospina.Arsenal team manager Arsene Wenger, right, celebrates his team’s victory next to Chelsea team manager Antonio Conte, left, during the English FA Cup final soccer match between Arsenal and Chelsea at the Wembley stadium in London, Saturday, May 27, 2017. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)Rather than imploding, Arsenal was back in front within three minutes.On an afternoon when so much bucked the story of the season, double player of the year N’Golo Kante failed to track Ramsey, who was left unmarked to meet Olivier Giroud’s dinked pass back.“It’s been an up and down season,” Ramsey said, “but to finish it with an FA Cup has to be a successful season.”But it is the losers who still head in the offseason the most buoyant. Revitalized after the 10th-place league finish in 2016, Chelsea lifted the biggest prize in English football last week after winning 30 of the 38 games.“Maybe now we’re a bit sad, but we shouldn’t forget the amazing season we’ve had being (Premier League) champions,” Courtois said. “A lot of teams are waiting to be champions for very long, including Arsenal.”Instead, the FA Cup is the consolation prize again for Arsenal and Wenger.ROB HARRIS, AP Global Soccer WriterTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Farhan Akhtar packs a punch with world kickboxing champion for Rakesh Omprakash Mehra’s Toofan

Posted On Nov 16 2019 by

first_imgAfter showing strength in his previous sports biopic Bhaag Milkha Bhaag, Farhan Akhtar is all set to star in another sports film called Toofan. The actor is collaborating with his Bhaag Milkha Bhaag director Rakesh Omprakash Mehra in the film.Farhan recently took to Instagram to share a video where he is seen training with former world kickboxing champion Drew Neal for the film.The actor captioned the video saying, “It’s not just about strength but speed as well #ToofanInTheMaking @drewnealpt @samir_jaura @rakeyshommehra @ritesh_sid.”According to an earlier report in Mumbai Mirror Toofan is not a biopic. A source close to the development told the daily, “It’s not a biopic. It is a fictional story scripted by Anjum Rajabali. Farhan fell in love with it as soon as he heard it. Rakeysh has already started the prep and Farhan will be training extensively in boxing. He is looking forward to working with Rakeysh again. The film should roll this year.”Director Rakesh and Farhan Akhtar are reuniting after six years for the film. In an earlier film, Rakesh opened up on the film. He said, “Anjum Rajabali has written this very endearing love story of a boxer, it not a real life figure but a fictitious character. What I liked the most about it (the story) was that it has a new voice. It’s set in the lower middle class. Boxing is not a rich man’s sport, anywhere in the world.”advertisementFarhan is also all set to star in The Sky Is Pink. The film also stars Priyanka Chopra and Zaira Wasim.Also See | Farhan Akhtar to reunite with Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra after six years in ToofanFarhan Akhtar gets cosy with girlfriend Shibani Dandekar in swimming pool. See picALSO WATCH | Rock On 2’s Farhan-Shraddha in an EXCLUSIVE interviewlast_img read more

Who makes the Arsenal vs Tottenham combined XI?

Posted On Nov 16 2019 by

first_imgArsenal v Tottenham Hotspur Kane and Lacazette lead Arsenal vs Tottenham combined XI Goal Last updated 1 year ago 16:00 11/17/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(3) Alexandre Lacazette Harry Kane Split Getty Arsenal v Tottenham Hotspur Premier League Arsenal Tottenham Hotspur Harry Kane As the two sides prepare to meet at the Emirates Stadium in Saturday’s Premier League clash, Goal takes a look at the ultimate combined squad Arsenal and Tottenham face off in the North London Derby on Saturday with a lot at stake.Sitting third in the Premier League, Tottenham are desperate for three points to prevent Manchester City from slipping further away at the top of the table.Mauricio Pochettino’s side have won all but one of their last six games in the league and come up against a side coming off the back of a defeat to Chelsea before the international week. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Sitting four points behind their rivals, Arsenal cannot afford to slip up at home or else lose further ground on the title challenge and Champions League places.But which players available for selection from each side would make a combined XI judged on their form so far this season?  Goal takes a shot at picking the team…Hugo Lloris TottenhamHUGO LLORIS (Tottenham) –  Hailed as one of the best in the world by Mauricio Pochettino last month, Hugo Lloris has been solid at the back for one of the strongest defences in the Premier League. The Frenchman has kept five clean sheets in 10 top flight games and is always a pivotal figure in big games for Spurs.DAVINSON SANCHEZ (Tottenham) –  The Colombian has slotted seamlessly into the starting XI since joining the English side from Ajax. Fast and always on alert, the 21-year-old is a defensive rock who can add to the attack with charges forward and his aerial presence.JAN VERTONGHEN (Tottenham) –  The former Ajax star has played every minute of Premier League football this season and is integral to the success of their defence as a consistently solid performer and leader. As his team’s top passer, the 30-year-old is vital in building their attacks, too.LAURENT KOSCIELNY (Arsenal) –  While Arsenal have been leaking goals, 32-year-old Koscielny has still shown his class in tough situations through his interceptions, aerial ability and passing. Wenger’s key man in the defence, he will be vital for Saturday’s derby. HD Laurent KoscielnyHECTOR BELLERIN (Arsenal) – An ever-present on the right flank for the Gunners, Bellerin adds to the attack with his pace and crosses, while the 22-year-old’s defensive work has helped cover the back three.ERIC DIER (Tottenham) –  Dier’s excellent displays for Spurs saw him handed the England captaincy for last week’s games against Germany and Brazil and at 23, he is a candidate to keep it for the long-term. The defensive midfielder has been pivotal in the centre of the field, but he has already impressed at right full-back this season.DELE ALLI (Tottenham) –  The 21-year-old seems to be constantly improving and remains deadly in front of goal with seven from 13 in all competitions. A central figure for Pochettino’s promising side, it is obvious why the the midfielder is regarded as one of his country’s top young talents.CHRISTIAN ERIKSEN (Tottenham) –  “We’re seeing the best Christian Eriksen we’ve ever seen at the moment,” Eric Dier said this week and the attacking midfielder’s hat-trick for Denmark against Ireland on Tuesday was a testament to that. The creative No.10 has been sublime for club and country in recent years and is excelling this term with goals and assists as well as carving out chances. GFX Info Arsenal Spurs XISEAD KOLASINAC (Arsenal) –  Bosnia-Herzegovina international Kolasinac has proved an incredible signing for Arsenal after joining for Schalke for free. His pace and strength make him a great asset on the left side and already has three goals and three assists in 12 games across all competitions.ALEXANDRE LACAZETTE (Arsenal) – The French striker has been an effective signing for the Gunners already. With six goals from 11 league games, he has helped cover for wantaway star Alexis Sanchez and provides their attack with some much-needed firepower.Lacazette 19/20 to score anytime in derby HARRY KANE (Tottenham) –  The England superstar remains in incredible form with 13 goals in 14 games in all competition for the north London side. With eight of the 20 his side have scored in the league this term, if he keeps up his current form it may not be long before the Spurs are labelled the “Harry Kane team” once again.  Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

10 months agoBurton Albion reach Carabao Cup semifinals via Hesketh winner

Posted On Oct 28 2019 by

first_imgBurton Albion reach Carabao Cup semifinals via Hesketh winnerby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBurton Albion are into the Carabao Cup semifinals after their 1-0 win over Middlesbrough.On-loan Southampton midfielder Jake Hesketh drilled low beyond Darren Randolph from the edge of the area at the start of the second half to ensure Burton’s memorable run in the competition continues, with the Brewers now having overcome higher-ranked opposition in four of their five EFL Cup ties this season.Burton are also the first team from the third tier to reach the semi-finals of the competition since Sheffield United, then managed by current Brewers boss Nigel Clough, in 2014-15.Middlesbrough, who were bidding to reach the last four for the first time since they won the trophy in 2004, had a great chance to equalise late on but Aden Flint headed Marcus Tavernier’s cross wide from two yards. About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Former 4-Star QB Braxton Burmeister Transfers To Virginia Tech

Posted On Oct 26 2019 by

first_imgBraxton Burmeister winds up to pass.EUGENE, OR – OCTOBER 28: Braxton Burmeister #11 of the Oregon Ducks throws a pass against the Utah Utes at Autzen Stadium on October 28, 2017 in Eugene, Oregon. (Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images)The 2018 college football season ended just over a month ago as the Clemson Tigers took down the Alabama Crimson Tide in the national title game. With the 2018 season in the rearview, teams have been busy rounding out their rosters for the coming season.Quarterbacks have dominated the transfer market during the offseason. Georgia’s Justin Fields took his talents to Ohio State, while Jalen Hurts revealed his decision to transfer to Oklahoma.Several other former elite recruits announced their plans to transfer as well. Among them was Oregon quarterback Braxton Burmeister.After coming out of high school as a four-star recruit, Burmeister sat behind starter Justin Herbert.With Herbert’s announcement that he was coming back for his senior season, Burmeister decided to take his talents elsewhere.So, where is he going?The California native is headed to Virginia Tech.🚨 QB ALERT 🚨Prolific prep passer @Braxton1B intends to transfer to Virginia Tech from Oregon.DETAILS ⤵️ #Hokies 🦃— Virginia Tech Football (@VT_Football) February 23, 2019Burmeister was the No. 10 dual-threat quarterback recruit in the country in 2017.He became the first true freshman to start a game at quarterback for the Ducks since 1983, before getting benched in favor of Herbert.It’s been quite the month for the Hokies, who lost several players via transfer.Former Virginia Tech starter Josh Jackson announced his transfer to Maryland earlier this month.last_img read more

Ukraines top cop walks thin blue line between Russian meddling free election

Posted On Oct 17 2019 by

first_imgOTTAWA — Two weeks after Serhii Kniaziev’s military career ended, the Iron Curtain fell, the Soviet Union crumbled and the young ex-soldier returned to Ukraine and quickly found his calling — the thin blue line of policing.In the latter days of his military service, he was posted to the volatile Caucuses region, where ethnic conflict and strife rose amid the Soviet Union’s disintegration.“I came back to an independent Ukraine,” Kniaziev said through a translator on a recent visit to Ottawa. “That was also the reason I decided to become a policeman because I was exposed during my military service to blood and to fighting that took place in that time, at that area.”A generation later, Kniaziev is the chief of the National Police of Ukraine at a pivotal moment in his country’s history. He is now responsible for protecting the integrity of Ukraine’s March 31 presidential election.The election faces daily threats from a familiar source: a determined Russia bent on using cyberspace to sow disinformation to undermine the democratic ambitions of a country it still considers part of its orbit.“I feel a great sense of responsibility, ensuring the proper elections,” said Kniaziev, whose furrowed brow and strapping, thick frame suggests the presence of invisible anvils on each of his broad shoulders.“Unfortunately we are in a position that Russia is our enemy now, and Russia has never been weak. We have to be very honest and very realistic in assessing the capabilities of Russia.”Kniaziev spent time with RCMP counterparts, Toronto police and other leading federal government officials in Canada’s diplomatic and security apparatus in Ottawa earlier this winter. Canada has been helping Ukraine build its national police force following the tumultuous events of early 2014 that saw the ouster of the country’s Kremlin-backed president after pro-democracy Maidan protests in Kyiv, and Moscow’s subsequent invasion and annexation of Ukraine’s Crimean Peninsula.The Police Training Assistance Project, run by Global Affairs Canada, is part of the government’s broader assistance to Ukraine, which includes a Canadian Armed Forces mission of 200 trainers that was extended last week, the deployment of hundreds of election observers for the upcoming ballot and the imposition of sanctions on more than 100 Russians.Kniaziev and his Canadian counterparts exchanged information and best practices on how to cope with the inevitable threat of foreign interference in elections.Canada has struck a special committee, a “critical election protocol,” composed of five senior public servants who will decide whether a malign act of interference in this October’s federal election warrants going public in the middle of the campaign.Kniaziev and his Ukrainian colleagues describe their country as a petri dish for Russian cyberattacks — known in 21st Century military doctrine as “hybrid war” — and say the countries that partner with it, such as a Canada, have a lot to learn from them as well.Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland echoed that sentiment recently, calling Ukraine a “laboratory” for Russian disinformation campaigns in cyberspace that Canada has learned from.Russia has also undertaken traditional military manoeuvres against Ukraine by seizing Crimea and supporting separatist rebels in its eastern Donbass region, but cyberspace has become the main battlefield.“In 2014, these were military activities — war fighting. But in 2015, ’16, ’17, ’18 they’ve changed their ways and we are in the midst of hybrid war,” said Kniaziev.That has come to encompass a wide spectrum of malign activity, from trying to directly hack the online infrastructure of elections, to influencing public opinion through misinformation and generally sowing unrest.“Whenever Russia doesn’t feel like it wants to be involved in direct, naked aggression they are involved in all of these subversive hybrid activities,” said Kniaziev.Ukraine’s ambassador to Canada, Andriy Shevchenko, said as the election nears, Russia has launched daily cyberattacks on Ukraine’s digital election infrastructure, its critical infrastructure and media.Ukrainian police and the Mounties are also working together on a daily basis. “It’s a very practical co-operation,” he said. “We can witness true camaraderie between Canadians and Ukrainians.”The constant state of vigilance has also created a heightened state of national stress, something Kniaziev only realized after spending time on the beat with rank and file Toronto police officers during his recent trip.As he headed back to Ukraine, he came to recognize the need to incorporate mental health professionals into the daily patrols of his country’s police officers as part of their regular interactions with Ukrainian citizens.“We have quite a number of people who have so-called Vietnam syndrome, meaning some mental issues,” he said.“The society in general does not understand who these people are, where they are coming from. The approach we saw in Toronto really impressed us.”Kniaziev blames the ongoing strife with Russia for affecting his country’s national psyche.“It’s been six years of ongoing war with our neighbour, so Ukrainian society lives in a totally different reality, if we were to compare with the Canadian society.”Mike Blanchfield, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Lastsecond basket caps Bucknell charge to defeat Army 6463

Posted On Oct 13 2019 by

first_imgWEST POINT, N.Y. — Avi Toomer’s layup with 1.6 seconds left in the game completed a ferocious comeback with Bucknell climbing out of a 26-point hole in the second half to clip Army 64-63 in the Patriot League opener for both teams Wednesday night.And for good measure, Toomer blocked Army’s final shot, securing the win.Nate Sestina scored 17 of his 22 points in the second half and grabbed 12 rebounds to lead the comeback. All but one of his rebounds came off the defensive boards. Kimbal Mackenzie scored 15, making 9 of 10 free throws, and Toomer scored seven.Army has lost four in a row. The Black Knights enjoyed a 37-13 halftime lead, shooting 15-for-32 with five 3-pointers while Bucknell (7-6) was thrashing — hitting just 4 of 27 from the floor and committing 10 turnovers.The script flipped after halftime with the Bison outscoring Army 51-26. The Black Knights made 10 of 33 shots after halftime, including just 2 of 17 from distance.Matt Wilson led Army (5-9) with 20 points and 15 rebounds for his fourth career double-double.The Associated Presslast_img read more

UNESCO chief heralds United States push to ratify antidoping pact

Posted On Oct 12 2019 by

Koïchiro Matsuura, Director-General of UNESCO, said in a statement from the agency’s headquarters in Paris on Friday that he hopes the Senate will now quickly ratify the International Convention against Doping in Sport.“This convention is a vital weapon in the struggle to eliminate a destructive practice that undermines everything that sport stands for… The rapid ratification of the Convention by the US Senate, in this Olympic year, would send a powerful message to athletes around the world that such behaviour will not be tolerated,” he said.Since it was adopted by UNESCO’s General Conference in October 2005, the pact has been ratified by 75 countries and entered into force in February last year.The Convention calls on States Parties to support, devise or implement anti-doping education and training programmes and to promote the active participation of their athletes and support personnel in all aspects of the anti-doping process.The text of the pact also stipulates that all the world’s athletes be subject to the same doping rules and that they are regularly tested, with uniform sanctions and penalties for any infractions. 11 February 2008Calling doping in sport “a veritable plague,” the head of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has welcomed the decision by United States President George W. Bush to ask his country’s Senate to ratify a major anti-doping convention. read more

Top UN official in Kosovo welcomes weapon amnesty programme

Posted On Oct 6 2019 by

“Kosovo is not at war anymore, so you don’t need weapons – they are simply dangerous,” Mr. Steiner said over the weekend in reaction to last week’s announcement of the amnesty, which will run from 15 March to 15 April and is a joint action of the UN Interim Administration in Kosovo (UNMIK) and the international security force (KFOR). “From the 15th on, there is one month for handing over weapons that you still have in your homes,” he said. “This is a golden opportunity for anyone who has still these dangerous weapons at home to hand them over without any prosecution, without any disciplinary actions.” Weapons possession is banned for all residents of Kosovo except those holding weapons authorization cards under UNMIK Regulation 2001/7. Those found in possession of illegal weapons can face a prison term of up to eight years or a fine of up to €7,500. KFOR and UNMIK will set up designated collection points, the Mission said. However individuals may also notify KFOR or police units to pick up weapons or ammunition that may be risky to transport. read more

Savita inquest Jury returns verdict of medical misadventure

Posted On Sep 22 2019 by

first_imgTHE JURY AT the inquest into the death of Savita Halappanavar has returned a unanimous verdict of medical misadventure.After two hours and 45 minutes of deliberation, it also accepted the coroner’s nine recommendations, with the foreman stating it “strongly endorses” each and every one after much consideration.The cause of death of the 31-year-old dentist was septic shock, E.coli in the bloodstream and a miscarriage at 17 weeks.In his verdict, Dr McLoughlin expressed his sympathies to Praveen Halappanavar, telling him: “You will always be watched over by the shadow of your beloved Savita.”Earlier, Dr McLoughlin charged the 11-person jury, giving them two options – to return a verdict of medical misadventure or to return a narrative verdict.He noted that a medical misadventure verdict does not infer criminal or liability. It is also not cause of death. Immediately after the verdict was read, the coroner and the legal team for Galway University Hospital clarified that the medical misadventure is not cause of death nor a contributory cause of death.“The verdict of misadventure does not mean that system failure or deficiencies contributed to her death,” explained Dr McLoughlin. They are findings in relation to the management of her treatment.Many of the coroner’s nine recommendations will have implications across the country’s hospitals.Ms Halappanavar’s death has brought the issue of Ireland’s abortion laws back into the global spotlight and making comment on the topic today, Dr McLoughlin said, “It is not for the court to advise the Oireachtas but they may take cognisance of these proceedings.”However, in his first recommendation he described current Medical Council guidelines on abortion as “very brief”.He recommended that the guidelines be enhanced to advise doctors on how they can intervene in relation to terminations when there is a risk to the life of the mother.He said that doctors practising in good faith “should not have to labour under the threat” of sanctions as serious as removal from the medical register or prison.That recommendation was accepted by the jury.Earlier today, Dr McLoughlin heard a submission from Mr Halappanavar’s lawyers and a response from the hospital’s legal team. The jury was not present.On arriving to Galway County Hall, Mr Halappanavar told reporters today marks the couple’s fifth wedding anniversary. This fact was also noted by Mr Gleeson during his application.Savita inquest: Key moments from Galway Coroner’s Courtlast_img read more

EXCLUSIVE Have your say in new pensions research

Posted On Sep 15 2019 by

first_imgEXCLUSIVE: How does your organisation approach pensions communication? How have pension freedoms impacted your business’ pension strategy? Have your say in our new pensions research.Take part in the exclusive Employee Benefits Pension research 2018, which aims to help you benchmark your organisation’s pension strategy.We are particularly interested in hearing about your approach to alternative pension arrangements, for example to mitigate limitations set by the lifetime and annual allowances or around the introduction of the lifetime individual savings account (Lisa), the potential impact that Brexit and auto re-enrolment may have on your organisation’s pension strategy, and what financial education or at-retirement support your business offers staff.This is your opportunity to tell us what your organisation is doing and gain an insight into how your approach compares to market peers and organisations in other sectors.The online survey will be open until Friday 21 September 2018.As a thank you for taking part, we will enter you into a prize draw to win £100-worth of retail vouchers. For your chance to win, fill in your details at the end of the survey.The research findings will be available online and in a print supplement.Complete the survey today.last_img read more

Winged inflatables dazzle beachgoers at FlockFest in Fort Lauderdale

Posted On Sep 15 2019 by

first_imgFORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. (WSVN) – A colorful celebration of floating fun made big waves in Fort Lauderdale this weekend.FlockFest encourages local residents to bring their winged floating devices and dazzle them up with creative flair. Swans, flamingos, ducks and even a winged unicorn were all on the water on Sebastian Beach, Saturday.The Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention and Visitors Bureau sponsored the event.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

Pembroke Pines Police officer undergoes surgery after motorcycle crash

Posted On Sep 15 2019 by

first_img#FLPD is sending our sincere wishes to @PPinesPD Sgt. John Baker after an on-duty motorcycle crash yesterday. Please join us in keeping his family and coworkers in our thoughts and hoping for a full recovery. #LEOFamily— Fort Lauderdale PD (@FLPD411) August 11, 2019 Sergeant John Baker, @PPinesPD, you’re in our thoughts. 🙏 Join us in keeping him and his family in our thoughts as we wish him a full recovery from an on-duty motorcycle crash on Saturday.— Broward Sheriff (@browardsheriff) August 12, 2019 “It’s sad. Someone who’s supposed to protect and serve us got hurt,” said Sanchez.The driver of the other car involved in the Pembroke Pines crash was not injured.Because this was an officer-involved crash, BSO detectives are investigating.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. PEMBROKE PINES, FLA. (WSVN) – A Pembroke Pines Police motorcycle officer remains in the hospital two days after a violent crash left him trapped underneath a vehicle.Pembroke Pines Police Sgt. John Baker, a 25-year veteran with the department, underwent surgery at Memorial Regional Hospital in Hollywood. As of Monday morning, he is listed in critical condition.Police said the law enforcer was on patrol when his motorcycle crashed with another car near Sheridan Street and 146th Street, at around 7 a.m., Saturday.“I saw a motorcycle down, like, you could see the motorcycle down, and you could see the guys trying to pull the guy from under the car,” said witness Julie Sanchez. “You knew it had to be bad, because someone was underneath a car, and you could see there was like about 100 feet that he’d been dragged, so it’s terrible.”It remains unclear how the collision happened, but witnesses said Pembroke Pines Police officers rushed to the scene shortly after the wreck.“All the police showed up, and they worked on him, and then they took him to the hospital,” said Sanchez.A convoy of police officers escorted the ambulance to the hospital. “All of Pembroke Pines [Police] came to him, and they escorted him. It was like a 15-car caravan to get him to the hospital,” said Sanchez.Officials said Baker oversees the traffic unit at Pembroke Pines Police and acts as the department’s spokesperson.Saturday’s crash comes weeks after Broward Sheriff’s Office Deputy Benjamin Nimtz was killed in a Deerfield Beach wreck, July 21.Investigators said Nimtz was responding to a call when his cruiser crashed with a pickup truck at the intersection of Military Trail and Southwest 10th Street, near Century Village.Now law enforcement officers across South Florida are hoping and praying for a miraculous recovery with Baker.last_img read more

Tyonek fire 100 contained

Posted On Sep 9 2019 by

first_imgThe Tyonek Fire is now considered 100% contained. It burned about 1,900 acres. Most of the crews and resources are now being used on the Funny River Fire instead, though some personnel and equipment will stay behind to make sure the fire stays under control.No one was injured in this fire. However, fire officials say locals should pay attention to standing trees that burned and may topple in strong winds. The fire started on May 19 and burned between Tyonek and Beluga villages.A photo of the Tyonek Fire taken on May 19 by the Alaska Division of Forestry.last_img

US Marine Mammal Commission visits Nome to share new research

Posted On Sep 9 2019 by

first_imgA bearded seal was stranded in a Nome parking lot in December. (Photo: Emily Russell, KNOM)Alaska’s marine mammal population is stressed, according to the U.S. Marine Mammal Commission. One member of the federal agency will share new research on marine mammal health and discuss how the commission is helping conserve animals like walrus and seals on Monday in Nome.“I’m going to focus mostly on harmful algal blooms and the effects that we know they have on marine mammals,” said Dr. Frances Gulland, a member of the commission and a senior scientist at the Marine Mammal Center in Sausalito, California. “I’ll also talk a little bit about ship strikes on whales and then briefly on the seal sickness outbreak from 2011.”Seal sickness was first reported in 2011, and Gulland said the disease is still a problem. It causes patchy coats, sores, and sluggish behavior in seals.“At this point, we know that it’s probably a number of different factors influencing the hormonal system of the seals,” she said. “But the single main cause is still not clear.”The Marine Mammal Commission is studying changing Arctic conditions, which affect subsistence hunting. Gulland is among a group of scientists in Nome this week.“I work in the Lower 48 on marine mammal health, but I don’t live here,” she said. “So I’d actually love to learn something from the local community that will help us understand more the changes that we’re seeing.”Gulland will give a talk Monday night on changes in marine mammal health as part of the University of Alaska Fairbanks’ Northwest Campus Strait Science Series.last_img read more