Nadal and Wozniacki are ITF world champions

first_imgRafael Nadal and Caroline Wozniacki are the International Tennis Federation’s world champions for 2010.It is the second time that Spaniard Nadal has taken the honour, while Wozniacki becomes the first Danish player to receive a senior ITF award.American twins Bob and Mike Bryan were named men’s doubles world champions for a record seventh occasion, while Gisela Dulko of Argentina and Flavia Pennetta of Italy become women’s doubles world champions for the first time.Nadal became only the seventh man in history to win a career Grand Slam when he won the US Open title in September.The 24-year-old also captured his fifth French Open title and second Wimbledon crown to regain the year-end number one ranking from Switzerland’s Roger Federer.With an Olympic gold medal and two Davis Cup titles to his name, the Spaniard has now won all of tennis’s major prizes.Nadal said: “It is an honour to be named ITF world champion for the second time. After a difficult year in 2009, it was an amazing feeling to regain the No. 1 ranking and finally win the US Open.”My goal all the time is to keep improving and be a better player each year than I was the previous year.” The Spaniard now has nine Grand Slam titles, seven behind Federer.Wozniacki became the fourthyoungest woman after Martina Hingis, Monica Seles and Steffi Graf to earn the year-end number one ranking.The 20-year-old was the most consistent player on the circuit, earning a tour-high six titles, in Ponte Vedra, Copenhagen, Montreal, New Haven, Tokyo and Beijing. Wozniacki said: “What an honour it is to be named ITF World Champion.advertisementTo be listed with all the former ITF world champions is something I am really proud of. I had a great year in 2010 and I’m training hard to have an even better year in 2011.”To be listed with all the former ITF world champions is something I am really proud of,” the 20-year-old Wozniacki, who in October became the first Dane to be ranked number one in the world, said in a statement.Wozniacki knocked 13-time Grand Slam champion Serena Williams from the top spot.However, she is yet to win a Grand Slam.In other ITF awards, Youth Olympic champions Juan Sebastian Gomez of Colombia and Daria Gavrilova of Russia were named as Junior world champions, while the ITF wheelchair world champions are Esther Vergeer of the Netherlands and Shingo Kunieda of Japan.The ITF world champions will receive their awards at the annual ITF World Champions Dinner on May 31 in Paris, during the French Open at Roland Garros.- With Agency inputslast_img read more

Pirates bundle out Bulldogs; Tigers annihilate Cardinals

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. The win gave Lyceum a 6-1 card to pace Group B while ousting the Bulldogs from further contention with a 2-3 record.Miguel Oczon led NU with 14 points while Dave Ildefonso and John Lloyd Clemente each scored 13.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“We weren’t really trying to take the top position of Group B,” said Lyceum coach Topex Robinson. “We’re just trying to improve every game.”Meanwhile, University of Santo Tomas ran roughshod over Mapua, 91-67, after dropping 12 triples on the Cardinals and forcing the enemy to 21 turnovers. Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess View comments LATEST STORIES Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:11’Not just basketball’: Circumcisions, pageants at Philippine courts00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP The Growling Tigers used a stifling press that had them breaking away from a 32-31 game at halftime to lead by as large as 30 points on the way to improving to 2-4.“This year, I have the players to implement what we want. But we are not yet there. We still have to work on a lot of things, but we are getting there,” said UST coach Aldin Ayo.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport MOST READ Alvin Baetiong scores for Lyceum. CONTRIBUTED PHOTOLyceum of the Philippines showed National University the door in the Filoil Flying V Preseason Cup following a 71-68 victory Monday at the Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.Jaycee Marcelino and Ralph Tansingco led the Pirates, who played without African center Mike Nzeusseu, with 11 points each while Niño Ibañez added 10.ADVERTISEMENT DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Record 31 teams gun for Lakandula Cuplast_img read more

Vijender is an amateur, not in my league: Kerry

first_imgNew Delhi, June 26 (PTI) Former European champion and an experienced Australian boxer Kerry Hope has dared Indian knockout king Vijender Singh ahead of their WBO Asia Pacific Super Middleweight championship title to be held at the Thyagaraj Sports Complex here on July 16. WBC Asian Boxing Council champion Kerry Hope, who is currently training hard in Wales, comes into the title fight against Vijender with an impressive record of 23 wins from 30 fights. “Im leaving no stone unturned in my preparation. Make no mistake, Vijender Singh is in trouble,” said the 34-year-old Southpaw, who has an edge in experience over Vijender with 183 rounds under his belt. “He knows it and I know it. I saw the fear in his eyes at the press conference. He knows that hes not in my league. Hes been fighting trash and still seems like an amateur fighter so I am going to show him what professional boxing is all about. “Hes not used to going long rounds and having to dig deep and find a second wind. Im going to bring the pressure and hes going to wilt. On 16 July there will be 1.25 billion disappointed fans of Vijender Singh,” he added. Vijender has a huge fan following in India but Kerry said in any sport, athlete needs experience not support of crowd. “I know there will be an army of support for Singh, but they cant help him or fight for him. Itll be just Vijender, the referee and me in the ring when the bell goes,” Hope said. “Vijender has fought absolutely nobody so far and hes out of his depth facing me so early in his career. Im not quite sure what his team were thinking accepting the fight, but I believe hes been overmatched. “India is one of the greatest sporting nations on earth but the country will be in a state of mourning when Singh is knocked out by me,” he added. Vijender is undefeated in six fights with six knockouts in only seventeen rounds of action since his pro debut last October. He is currently training in Manchester. Vijenders fight will be telecasted live on Star Sports 4 and HD 4 alongwith Hotstar. PTI ATK ATKadvertisementlast_img read more

Delhiites heading towards hills to seek ‘cold comfort’

first_imgSnowfall in Jammu & Kashmir, Himachal and Uttarakhand has led to newly married couples, families and singles from Delhi and other parts making a beeline for the white heavens.Tourist agencies, data aggregators and those who organise hiking on the Himalayan slopes admit their cash registers are already ringing.Manmeet Ahluwalia, marketing head, Expedia in India, said, “With it beginning to snow, we have seen a sudden surge in the bookings for several destinations as the north of India turns into a winter wonderland.””With snowfall engulfing J&K, Uttarakhand and HP, the queries for destinations like Gulmarg, Manali, Keylong, Auli, Shimla, Mandi, Kullu, Kinnaur and Dharamsala have gone up by 35 per cent, and with extended weekends just around the corner for Christmas, we are expecting this number to go up further.”He added that his company is seeing interest from young couples and singles the most.”However with winter vacations starting next week, the queries and booking for families will also go up,” he informed. The Kashmir region shivered under intense cold conditions with the ski resort of Gulmarg recording the coldest December night in a decade at minus 10 degrees Celsius on Thursday.The night temperature dipped at most places in the Kashmir division. Kargil was the coldest place in J&K at minus 10.2 degree Celsius.The mercury in Qazigund in south Kashmir settled at minus 1.8 degrees, while Kokernag town recorded a minimum of minus 3.4 degrees. Heavy snowing has blanketed most parts of the state in white crystals. However, that has also raised the prospects of winter sports.advertisementWith the Kailash mountain range – Asha Pati, Seoj Dhar, Chattar Gali, Goldanda, Jaie and Hanga in Bhaderwah – receiving snow, hoteliers and people connected with the tourism industry are upbeat that tourists will arrive in large numbers.Tariq Choudhary, president, Tours and Travel Association, Bhaderwah, said, “Tourists have already started pouring in from Mumbai, Gujarat, Rajasthan, Bangalore and Delhi. We are hopeful that tourists will converge in large number this season.” “We received moderate snowfall which is good for the tourism industry. Tourist can enjoy the snow and easily travel to snow covered high-altitude destinations,” he said.Last year, thanks to a scanty winter and very little snow, the tourism industry had taken a blow.Especially, for a conflict-ridden state like J&K, it meant a huge economic loss. Uttarakhand and Himachal also largely depend on tourist inflow. Anticipating arrival of a large number of tourists during the winter season, authorities in Shimla alerted the administration in Punjab, Haryana, Chandigarh and also taxi and tour operators to educate tourists of safety measures while travelling to the Himachal’s capital.last_img read more

Everton and the Premier League Launch Mumbai’s First Ever Football Programme for Children With Disability

first_img(Eds: Disclaimer: The following press release comes to you under an arrangement with PR Newswire. PTI takes no editorial responsibility for the same.)MUMBAI, October 24, 2018/PRNewswire/ –In partnership with the OSCAR Foundation, Everton and the Premier League will be launching Mumbai’s first ever football project for Children with Disabilities in Mumbai, starting 26 October 2018.The disability project is supported by the Premier League’s International Development Fund in partnership with streetfootballworld – an international ‘Football for Development’ charity.Ashok Rathod, Founder and Director, OSCAR Foundation, says, “In India, Children with Disabilities often face exclusion and discrimination. Limited access to education, sports, and related infrastructure affects their well-being and limits their opportunities. We believe that Children with Disabilities have the potential to excel in any field of their choice and sports can contribute to developing that spirit. Through our partnership with Everton and Premier League, we aim to spread awareness on disability issues in India and encourage people to build a positive attitude towards Children with Disabilities.”This funding from the Premier League will benefit 30 young coaches and 100 children and young people with disabilities in Mumbai. The project will see Everton’s disability manager Steve Johnson offer his extensive experience in this area to empower OSCAR coaches and young leaders with the necessary skill set to enable change.While the OSCAR Foundation has been engaging youth with disabilities in all their programmes so far across India, this training with Everton in the Community and Premier League will prepare OSCAR Foundation’s coaches and young leaders with more effective techniques to engage Children with Disabilities.advertisementEverton in the Community’s Disability Coach Steve Johnson says, “The OSCAR Foundation does very similar community work to Everton in the Community, so there is a lot of synergy between the two organisations. Everton has a well-respected disability programme and this project promises to be a catalyst for an excellent new collaboration. There are some clear differences between the issues that people with disability face in the UK and India, but using football as a tool is a great way of engaging people with disability who lack opportunities and are often marginalised and discriminated against.”As a part of this project, regular inclusive football sessions and an annual football festival with disabled and non-disabled children will be organised by OSCAR Foundation to promote inclusion and equality.Members of the PRESS are invited to join OSCAR Foundation at Cooperage Ground in Mumbai for the launch of Mumbai’s first disability football project on October 26, 2018 at 11.30 a.m.About OSCAR Foundation:OSCAR Foundation is a Mumbai-based non-profit organization which uses football as a tool to instil the value of education in children from low-income communities. Children are offered sessions in football through which they learn life transforming skills.OSCAR has become one of the leading providers of Sport for Social Change in India. OSCAR now reaches over 3,000 children per year and has trained over 500 youth across six Indian states in its Young Leaders training programme.OSCAR Foundation (Organisation for Social Change, Awareness and Responsibility) is a non-profit organisation headquartered in Mumbai with presence in Jharkhand, Karnataka, and Delhi. For latest updates, visit us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, and YouTube.For information about our programmes, visit Everton in the Community:Everton in the Community is one of the UK’s top sporting charities and firmly established on the world stage of community sports development. Everton in the Community aims to use the power of sport to motivate, educate and inspire people in our local communities to improve their life chances. As Everton’s official charity, it is considered one of the Premier League’s leading community schemes due to the quality and reach of its various programmes. Visit to know more.About streetfootballworld and Premier League partnership:streetfootballworld has been contracted to support the Premier League in restructuring their existing small grants programme for development projects in football beyond the borders of Europe. The new International Development Fund will support collaborative projects between the Community Organisations of Premier League Clubs and community based organisations like streetfootballworld network members, as well as selected individual projects led by streetfootballworld network members in the areas of sports participation, education and life skills development.The new set-up enables Premier League Club Community Organisations to use the quality seal of the streetfootballworld network to find a trusted first-class international partner for a collaboration project that will enable knowledge and skill exchange. Selected streetfootballworld network members will receive the unique chance to partner with a Premier League Club and to share their extensive experience in using football to create opportunities for young people all over the world. In addition, the community grants for individual projects will further enhance the support of the Premier League for the field of football for good. To know more, visit https://www.streetfootballworld.orgadvertisementSource: OSCAR (Organisation for Social Change, Awareness and Responsibility) FoundationPWRPWRlast_img read more

KV Calicut Recruitment 2019: Walk-in-Interview for PRT, PGT, TGT and other posts on February 26, 27

first_imgKV Calicut Recruitment 2019: Kendriya Vidyalaya, No 1, Calicut invited applications for PGT, TGT,PRT and other posts. The eligible candidates can attend walk-in-interview on February 26 and 27, 2019.KV Calicut Recruitment 2019: Vacancy detailsPGTTGTPrimary TeacherComputer InstructorsPGT Computer ScienceArt & Craft InstructorsMusic & Dance TeacherSports CoachersYoga TeacherCounsellorDoctorNurseDEOKV Calicut Recruitment 2019: Important dateWalk-in-Interview: February 26, 27, 2019KV Recruitment 2019: Eligibility criteriaPGT: Post Graduate MSc Course of Regional College Education of NCERT in the concerned subjectTGT: Degree Course of Regional College Education of NCERT in the concerned subjectPrimary Teacher: Degree with BEdComputer Instructors/PGT Computer Science: BE/BTech (Computer Science)/BCA/MCA/M.Sc. (Computer Science)Art & Craft Instructors: Diploma in Art/Craft or equivalentMusic & Dance Teacher: Senior Secondary School certificateSports Coachers: Bachelor’s Degree in Physical Education or equivalentYoga Teacher: Graduation in any subjectCounsellor: MA/MSc (Psychology)Doctor: MBBSNurse: Diploma in NursingDEO: 12th passHow to Apply for the KV Calicut Jobs 2019Eligible candidates can walk in for interview on 26 and 27 February 2019 at KendriyaVidyalaya No. 1, Calicut.Read: Declared! ICMAI Result 2018 out for December Term End exam: Steps to checkRead: Declared! ICSI CS Foundation December Result 2018 out @, icsi.examresults.netlast_img read more

After Froome’s failed drug test is this the end for Team Sky?

first_imgPlay Video Chris Froome fights to save career after failed drugs test result Share on Pinterest Nor had the abnormal test result stopped him riding in a British vest at the world time trial championships in late September. Was this a case of carrying on, business as usual, until the inevitable storm set in? Or the mistaken belief that Team Sky and a crack team of legal experts and scientists would be able to explain away the failed test without it ever becoming public knowledge.Since their inception Team Sky have sought to portray themselves as a transparent organisation. In 2013 they invited David Walsh, the journalist credited with bringing about the downfall of Lance Armstrong, to spend time with them to prove they were clean. But they freely admitted on Wednesday that if an investigation by the Guardian and Le Monde had not uncovered Froome’s positive test then it may have remained hidden for ever.“This is a process that in normal circumstances would be confidential,” Team Sky said in a statement. “However, in light of media interest, we believe it is important that the facts are set out clearly for all.”In a story-management technique that could be viewed as an attempt to control the narrative, Team Sky released a statement to the world’s media only six minutes after providing a response to the Guardian and Le Monde. In that statement, they insisted Froome was given an increased – but still legal – dose of salbutamol in the run-up to the failed urine test on 7 September as he was suffering from severe asthma symptoms. On stage 17, Froome had struggled painfully up the Alto de los Machucos, a mountain with a 25% gradient in places, losing 42 seconds to his closest challenger Vincenzo Nibali. But on 7 September he was a rider revived, launching a devastating late break on the road to Santo Toribio de Liébana on stage 18 which led to him extending his lead over Nibali to 1min 37sec. Twitter Under their stringent zero-tolerance policy Team Sky have parted ways with staff who have a history of doping, including Froome’s former coach Bobby Julich, who left in 2012 after admitting to using EPO as a rider in the 1990s. They also abide by a rule of not signing riders who have served bans. It means that should an anti-doping rule violation be brought against Froome they could be forced to abandon either the very ethos on which they exist or their most successful rider, a four-time Tour de France winner.The genesis of Team Sky, should it have been forgotten in a blur of Jiffy bags and inhalers, was a response to decades of doping scandals in cycling. Here was a team you could trust to remain on the straight and narrow, said Dave Brailsford, who had previously overseen the transformation of Great Britain’s Olympic track cycling team from no-hopers to world-beaters.In an interview with the Guardian in 2011 Brailsford said: “There’s no place for drugs in the sport and we like to think that we’re at the forefront of trying to promote clean cycling. That philosophy will always stay. If we thought it wasn’t possible then I’d be out.” Share on Twitter It was the decisive moment in the race, just three stages from the finish, and it pretty much ensured Froome became the first rider to win the Tour de France-Vuelta double in the same year since 1978, and the first Briton in history to take the Vuelta.As Froome explained after the stage: “Once we got into the last climb our guys set a really high tempo at the bottom and I was feeling a lot better today, so it was great to gain a little bit of time that I lost. I think certainly some guys paid for their efforts on Wednesday and also for their attacks earlier on today. It’s good to bounce back again and morale is still good and the team still strong. We’re just looking forward to getting through these next couple of days.”One thing is clear. Sky can no longer be breezily given the benefit of the doubt, as they often have been in the past.How can they be, given the lingering uncertainty over the Jiffy bag delivered to Wiggins? Or the evidence given by Brailsford and Shane Sutton to the digital, culture, media and sport select committee that left its chair, Damian Collins MP, demanding that Sky provide more answers?Remember that Brailsford also tried to persuade the Daily Mail to bury the Jiffy bag story because he feared it could mark “the end of Team Sky”, while the head of Ukad, Nicole Sapstead, told parliament in March that her investigators had met with “resistance” from Team Sky in their inquiries.All these questions swirl around a team that promised to be cleaner than clean. Share on LinkedIn Chris Froome fails drugs test – video report From a holiday in Miami to the launch of a luxury watch boutique and the announcement that he intends to race in the Giro d’Italia next year, there had been no obvious signs that anything was troubling Chris Froome over the past 12 weeks.But his failed drug test on 7 September, as uncovered by a joint investigation between the Guardian and Le Monde, threatens not only his plans for the coming season and reputation as one of Britain’s finest athletes, it could also be a final nail in the already battered coffin of Team Sky. Wiggins has always denied any wrongdoing and maintained the package contained the legal decongestant Fluimucil, an answer also given by Freeman in a written statement to a parliamentary hearing. The same doctor, Freeman, who also worked for British Cycling, allegedly took a delivery of banned testosterone patches but he was unable to account for them and said they had been delivered in error.Sky maintain that Froome’s levels of the asthma drug salbutamol – twice the permitted limit – can be explained. “There are complex medical and physiological issues which affect the metabolism and excretion of salbutamol,” Brailsford said on Wednesday. There is varying medical opinion as to what, if any, performance-enhancing benefit salbutamol offers.Professor Chris Cooper of the University of Essex said Froome “would have to be really stupid” to try to cheat with salbutamol as it has no performance-enhancing effects when taken via an inhaler, and the rider would have known he was being tested every day. Froome has even said as much in his defence.Froome did not appear overly concerned when he and his wife, Michelle, were visited at their home in Monaco by the journalists Richard Moore and Orla Chennaoui on 10 October, just three weeks after finding out about the failed test. The pair spoke in a relaxed manner for more than an hour for a cycling podcast reflecting on how hungry he was for more success next year. Since you’re here… Pinterest Dave Brailsford Tour de France Reuse this content British Cycling allows resignation of doctor at centre of Jiffy bag scandal Read more Support The Guardian Facebook center_img Read more That philosophy has been seriously examined over the past 15 months. First came the surprise news, courtesy of the Russian hackers Fancy Bears, that Bradley Wiggins had received therapeutic use exemptions – effectively a doctor’s note – to allow him to legally take the banned corticosteroid triamcinolone to treat pollen allergies.Then there were allegations that a mystery Jiffy bag delivered to Wiggins at the Critérium du Dauphiné in 2011 contained a prohibited substance. A UK Anti-Doping Agency investigation did not bring any charges, hampered by a lack of evidence. That was partly due to the team doctor, Richard Freeman, claiming he had lost the laptop containing Wiggins’s medical data while on holiday in Greece. Read more Team Ineos Bradley Wiggins Share via Email Jiffy-gate: a costly mess that leaves all parties neither damned or cleared … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. 1:45 Cycling Topics Share on WhatsApp Chris Froome takes a glass of champagne from Sir Dave Brailsford during the 2016 Tour de France. Photograph: Christophe Ena/AP features Chris Froome Share on Facebook Sean Ingle Share on Messenger Vuelta a Españalast_img read more

LA Galaxy facing a designated player dilemma

first_imgWhen Guillermo Barros Schelotto was introduced as the LA Galaxy’s new coach, one of the things he said he was looking forward to was working with the team’s star players. He proceeded to name the team’s four designated players, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Giovani dos Santos, Jonathan dos Santos and Romain Alessandrini.What went ignored is the reality that the Galaxy can’t keep all four players. When the Galaxy signed Ibrahimovic to a new contract, making him an official designated player — the label that allows the club to pay him well over the league’s maximum salary — it gave LA four players on DP contracts, one more than the league allows under its current rules. Now the Galaxy must figure out what to do.  Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? None of the team’s DPs earn a salary that would allow the club to buy down their contract and turn them from a designated player into a TAM (targeted allocation money) player, so the Galaxy have no choice but to unload one of their marquee names, via sale, trade or contract buyout. “There’s actually interest from abroad for some of them, so we’ll discuss it first and foremost with the players and see if that is something they would entertain,” Galaxy general manager Dennis te Kloese told Goal. “Second of all, there is also the possibility of restructuring the contracts or do something. We’ll take full advantage of the possibilities. “It’s not so easy obviously, but we’ll have to look into every possibility.” Transferring out one of their DPs would be an ideal scenario. It would not only alleviate the logjam but would also generate allocation money the team could use to improve a roster that needs some additions to address needs in the team’s defense. Sources tell Goal that the Galaxy have already been approached with a transfer bid from abroad for Giovani dos Santos, but the Mexican midfielder turned down the opportunity. Dennis te Kloese quote GFXThe older of the Dos Santos brothers has endured a largely disappointing tenure with the Galaxy, and the arrival of Ibrahimovic has made him a much less influential figure with the team. Selling him is an ideal scenario, but the Galaxy could also choose to buy out his contract. “We have to see where he’s at with his head and what he wants,” Te Kloese said of Giovani. “Last season there was a while he got injured and things got frustrating. He’s a talented player, I don’t think there’s any doubt about that, but before we can give a definite answer on his future we have to see where he comes from. “In the end Juan Carlos Osorio called him to the World Cup and he actually played. Now we’ll have to see what his idea is and how he matches up to our coaching staff and our coaching staff’s idea of playing style. Before knocking on the door with MLS on what to do about contracts and everything else we’ll have to figure out first in a professional and personal way where they stand.” The Galaxy will need to manage the Dos Santos situation carefully because of the presence of his brother Jonathan, who was originally drawn to the Galaxy by the idea of playing alongside his brother. If the Galaxy do decide to unload Gio it could unsettle Jonathan, leaving the club in a place where it has a decision to make on both brothers.   Selling Jonathan dos Santos wouldn’t be much of a problem considering the quality he can still provide. Offloading both brothers might seem like a drastic option, but it would turn the Galaxy’s DP glut into a vacancy, leaving room for Te Kloese and Schelotto to hit the international market and use their cache to bring in a new star player to complement Ibrahimovic and build the team around. There is no immediate rush to make a move. The Galaxy have until the start of the season in March to address their surplus of designated players, and as much as one or both of the Dos Santos brothers could be unloaded, the Galaxy could also look to sell Alessandrini or trade him within MLS. Whatever the club decides to do, it won’t be established until Schelotto has had time with his new team and both he and Te Kloese have spoken with the Galaxy’s designated players to get a sense of what they want to do. Dennis te Kloese GFX“The first and foremost thing is we need to speak to these guys and see where they are in their mindset,” Te Kloese said. “To be honest, the team hasn’t been good for the past few years. I’d like to have our coach sit with them and see how committed they are going forward. Where they see themselves and where they stand. And now with the coach coming in also he’ll have an idea where we can change certain things. “I think it will be important when they come together so Guillermo and his staff can assess and evaluate. To be honest, I think there is a need for sure in certain areas, and it will need some creative handling.” Selling or buying out Giovani dos Santos seems like the obvious solution, but Te Kloese doesn’t see things being so simple. “It’s easy to judge, but it’s better to sit down with them and we have a little bit of time to do that,” Te Kloese told Goal. “We don’t want to hurt their possibilities, but they also have to understand that we have a clear idea where we want to go and we’ll make the best decision for everybody.”last_img read more

Scrap Metal Trade Resumes January 2013

first_imgThe scrap metal trade is set to resume in January 2013, with a revised regime and new set of regulations governing stakeholders’ operations. Industry, Investment and Commerce Minister, Hon. Anthony Hylton, announced  on December 19, that the activities are set to re-commence by the third week of January next year, after being suspended earlier this year. Speaking at the  weekly Jamaica House Media Briefing at the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM), Mr. Hylton advised that following months of due diligence, reviews and meetings at the government and stakeholder levels, Cabinet recently approved a “far more rigorous and improved” regulatory regime to govern trade in both industrial and non-industrial scrap. Mr. Hylton said features of the new regime governing the trade include: mandatory special permits/licences for entities deemed reputable; mandatory 100 per cent Customs inspection of materials being traded before these are loaded; and posting of a $7 million bond by each entity, which will also be charged a regulatory fee. Industrial scrap refers to material generated by companies from their manufacturing operations or from the retirement of obsolete metallic fixed assets, which are exported by the owner in his or her name. In the case of non-industrial scrap metal, new conditions include: more stringent eligibility criteria for exporters; mandatory application for licences; and a Tax Compliance Certificate (TCC), among other permits specified by the Ministry in conjunction with the Trade Board, Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF), and Customs Department.  Non-industrial scrap is defined as material that is purchased. Mr. Hylton emphasized that non-nationals desirous of becoming exporters must apply for a work permit, while pointing out that all arrangements for exports must take place at one of three designated central multi-user sites in Kingston and Clarendon.      Other notable features of the new regime include: mandatory displaying of all material being traded at the designated sites for five days for public viewing before being loaded; and permanent posting of Customs, police, and military officers at these locations. The Minister said sanctions that will be imposed where breaches have occurred include: a $3 million fine, two years imprisonment and loss of licence/permit; allocation of a portion of the $7 million bond to compensate victims; and detention of material deemed suspicious for 10 days to facilitate investigations by Customs officers and the police, and public viewing. Additionally, he said penalties will be imposed on persons who engage in illicit activities, such as the theft of material barred from the list of tradeable items. These include: copper, irrigation pipes, manhole covers, railway lines, and sign posts. Mr. Hylton also advised that a website will be established to facilitate the viewing and lodging of complaints by the public. “Between now (December) and  (January 2013), we will be working hard to register exporters, issue new licences, finalize and sign agreements with site owners, sign operating permits with exporters, recruit and train new staff in (the) Factories Corporation of Jamaica, equip site offices, and promulgate new regulations,” Mr. Hylton informed.last_img read more

Endangered Blandings Turtle Discovered in Protected Area

first_img After five days of cold, wet and rain, Harold and Diane Clapp quietly paddled their canoe toward a trap they had set in search of the extraordinary, and endangered, Blanding’s turtle. “We had caught a lot of painted turtles that week,” recalls Diane Clapp. “It was our last day and it was the second-last trap. As I pulled it up, I was stunned to see this one was different. Our search was actually successful.” The Clapps could not miss the bright yellow throat and chin of the turtle, confirming it was the first Blanding’s turtle found in the Tobeatic wilderness area. Dubbed “Toby,” the male Blanding’s turtle was also the first found outside the Mersey and Medway river systems. The couple went on to discover three more Blanding’s turtles this past summer — two males, a female and a juvenile. The discovery of the turtles, more than 10 kilometres west of the nearest population at Kejimkujik National Park and National Historic Site, is a phenomenal occurrence. Before the find, the turtles were only known to exist in three places in Atlantic Canada: Kejimkujik, McGowan Lake and Pleasant River. The discovery means there could be a fourth, and potentially distinct, population in the province. The Blanding’s turtle is a long-lived reptile, with some living more than 70 years. They are also slow to mature and do not reproduce until their early twenties. In contrast with the rest of the turtle’s body, its chin, throat and underside of its long neck is bright yellow. It is topped by what appears to be a permanent smile because of the notch in the turtle’s upper jaw. “I don’t think any of us thought we would find it,” says Diane Clapp, who adds fellow stewards and researchers, were equally thrilled to hear the news. The Nova Scotia population is the most isolated in the world. Discovering a population in the Tobeatic is good news because it increases the known number of protected areas where the species is found, which means the turtles have access to more undisturbed habitat and are less likely to be negatively impacted by human activity, such as roads and traffic. The Clapps’ discovery resulted from their volunteer efforts and a creative stewardship program between a number of partners including Parks Canada, Acadia University, the provincial departments of Natural Resources and Environment and Labour, as well as the Mersey Tobeatic Research Institute, the Southwest Nova Biosphere Reserve Association and the Nova Scotia Nature Trust. The Clapps are members of the Kejimkujik Area Stewardship Program, funded by Parks Canada and the Habitat Stewardship Program of Environment Canada. Life-long back-country explorers, the Clapps, like other volunteers, were trained by researchers and stewardship biologists to do work that contributes to the recovery of species at risk in Nova Scotia. Participants learn how to survey for species at risk and, in particular, to trap and track turtles and to protect their nests. Since research funding is sporadic, volunteers are crucial for sustained research. This year, about 85 turtle volunteers searched in Kejimkujik and more than 25 communities outside the park, for the Blanding’s turtle nest protection program alone. Many more volunteers are involved in other projects that support species-at-risk recovery. Brennan Caverhill, a stewardship biologist at Kejimkujik National Park, says the Clapps are modern examples of what “citizen science” can do for endangered species. The Blanding’s turtle was first discovered in the 1953 by an Acadia biologist, Sherman Bleakney. Thirty years passed before researchers began to intensively study the unique turtle, starting in the late 1980’s with the work of Tom Herman, professor and biologist at Acadia University. In recent years, bolstering volunteer efforts have yielded encouraging results. The first step for volunteer stewards is to learn about the turtle, and other endangered species like piping plovers, the eastern ribbonsnake, monarch butterflies and Atlantic coastal plain flora at the website . Next, they report sightings, and learn what threatens these species, to find other ways to help. Mr. Caverhill adds it is a great idea for outdoor enthusiasts to take a camera along on trips to help document sightings. The toll-free species-at-risk hotline is 1-866-727-3447 or e-mail: . In the case of Blanding’s turtles, volunteers and researcher training is usually conducted at the Mersey Tobeatic Research Institute. For volunteers willing to dedicate time and energy to the program, one-on-one training is offered at any location in southwest Nova Scotia. To get involved and make a difference, contact Duncan Smith at or 902-682-7401 or Brennan Caverhill at or 902-682-7154. -30- NOTE TO EDITORS: The following is a feature story written by Steve Warburton.last_img read more

Scouts Province Combine for Learn2Camp Program

first_imgNova Scotians can learn the fundamentals of camping assisted by Scouts Canada during the Learn2Camp weekend at Blomidon Provincial Park this summer. Nova Scotians have until Thursday, June 30 to register for a fun, active Learn2Camp program to be held on July 9 and 10. “We welcome Scouts Canada to the Learn2Camp program and know they will help our campers experience the joys of the outdoor experience in our provincial parks,” said Natural Resources Minister Lloyd Hines. “This is a great program for Nova Scotians and, especially, for new Canadians in our province.” The Learn2Camp program will provide tents and meals for a family of four for just $60. Participants need bring only bedding and personal items. This year Scouts Canada members are partnering with the Department of Natural Resources to teach basic camping skills. “Our scouts are thrilled to be part of this provincial park program to help teach others the satisfaction of cooking over an open fire and sleeping under the stars,” said Ian MacDonald, a member of the Kings Area Learn2Camp Team with Scouts Canada, Nova Scotia Council. The scouts will teach new campers how to choose camping sites and outdoor cooking equipment, how to make a meal, set up and break down camp, and campfire safety. Participants will have the option of learning how to geocache, pack for a day hike, play camp games for the whole family, or go on a nature hike. There will also be activities for youth. The province supplies a loaner family-sized tent and a flashlight or lantern. Saturday lunch and supper as well as Sunday morning breakfast are provided. Up to two other people can be added to the group for $10 each. Other Learn2Camp partners with the Department of Natural Resources are Canadian Tire and Coleman Canada. To register, visit or call 902-893-6350 or sign up at the Blomidon Provincial Park office. Nova Scotia has 20 camping parks and 122 day-use parks, which include picnic parks and provincial beach parks. To learn more, visit .last_img read more

Inter beat Neymarless Paris SaintGermain on penalties

first_imgMacau: Portuguese midfielder Joao Mario scored the final spot-kick as Inter Milan beat Neymar-less Paris Saint-Germain on penalties here. With their want-away Brazilian superstar left out of the trip to the former Portuguese colony, PSG were seconds from victory on Saturday before Samuele Longo’s injury-time equaliser made it 1-1. Inter goalkeeper Samir Handanovic saved from Adil Aouchiche and then Arthur Zagre before Mario stepped up to slot the winner for Inter, who edged the penalties 6-5. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over ChandigarhThe win for Antonio Conte’s side comes just days after they lost to Italian rivals Juventus on penalties in a friendly in China. Neymar, linked with a move back to his former club Barcelona, remained in China’s Shenzhen, PSG’s previous stop on their Asian tour, while his team-mates flew to gambling enclave Macau. During a scrappy game in sweltering Macau, Inter were quicker out of the blocks forcing three fine stops from PSG’s Alphonse Areola in the first 10 minutes. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced laterNew signing Stefano Sensi and Ivan Perisic were instrumental in the early Inter attack, producing quick probing passes and causing problems behind the PSG defence. In Neymar’s absence it was French World Cup-winner Kylian Mbappe who drew cheers from the 8,800-strong crowd with his driving runs, although he was often let down by his final touch. Just before halftime Mbappe was brought down by Milan Skriniar and new signing Pablo Sarabia floated a free kick which a climbing Thilo Kehrer glanced into the net. Inter leapt into the attack in the second half, with Perisic jinking his way into the box to force another fine save from Areola, before sending the rebound soaring over the bar. Inter continued to squander chances, and the heat added to their frustration, with Perisic seeing another chance creep over on 78 minutes. But in the last minute of injury time substitute Longo picked up a bobbling pass trickling through the PSG box to drive the ball into the bottom corner, past the otherwise rock-solid Areola, who thumped the ground in frustration. Penalties went to sudden death after PSG’s Adil Aouchiche’s effort was stopped by Handanovic, but Antonio Candreva’s cheeky attempt to chip Areola backfired and glanced off the crossbar. It was up to Handanovic to make another fine stop from Arthur, before Mario calmly buried the crucial kick. “We can play much better than we played today,” PSG coach Thomas Tuchel said. “The conditions were difficult, of course… but we didn’t have a good structure, which was disappointing,” he said, referring to the heat that saw the referee call several mini-breaks so that players could rehydrate. Next week PSG will take on Rennes, and seek payback for their cup final loss last season. For that fixture “we need to be better organised… and we need to do some target practice,” Tuchel said. Inter’s battling performance was “an important step in preparing” for the upcoming Serie A season, said their boss Conte. Asked whether Romelu Lukaku would be leaving Manchester United to come to Milan for the campaign, he responded cryptically. “He’s a great player… but it is very difficult for me to tell you anything.”last_img read more

Avril Lavigne Launches Fundraising Campaign For Special Olympics

first_imgMulti-platinum recording artist, Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter and philanthropist Avril Lavigne has teamed up with CrowdRise, an online fundraising platform, to support Special Olympics.Proceeds from the “Team Rockstar” campaign, which launches today, will sponsor athletes competing in the 2015 Special Olympics World Games in Los Angeles.The “Team Rockstar” fundraising campaign will begin today and end on Avril’s birthday, September 27, 2014. September 27 is also global Eunice Kennedy Shriver Day, a day where Special Olympics Programs around the world celebrate the founder of Special Olympics and how one person can make a difference. The team raising the most amount of money during the competition will win dinner for them and a friend with Avril Lavigne. The top fundraising teams will have the opportunity to win a range of prizes, including signed Converse shoes worn by Avril, Google hangouts and calls with Avril, exclusive signed items, and other prizes.“My fans always come out in a BIG way to support my Foundation’s annual birthday campaign, and that’s something I’m really proud of,” said Lavigne. “This year, to get in the spirit for my new partnership with Special Olympics, I’m excited to challenge my fans to rally, create rockstar fundraising teams and compete to help make a difference. We have some fun surprises planned along the way so I’m looking forward to seeing the results!”Patrick McClenahan, president and CEO of Special Olympics World Games Los Angeles 2015, commented: “We are thrilled that The Avril Lavigne Foundation has chosen Special Olympics as its charitable partner for Avril’s birthday celebration. It takes $2,500 to fund one athlete’s participation in the 2015 Special Olympics World Games. The fact that she is pledging to activate her deep and loyal fan base to help support 30 athletes from around the globe is a testament to Avril and her foundation’s commitment to helping.”Fans join by creating a fundraising team. The campaign lets fans compete by recruiting their friends and family to be sponsors by contributing any amount of money, large or small. To learn more, visit Avril’s CrowdRise page at read more

SecretaryGenerals panel on relations with civil society begins twoday meeting

Deputy Secretary-General Louise Fréchette opened the session of the Panel of Eminent Persons on UN Relations with Civil Society, after which it began discussion of two main issues with presentations by Mr. Cardoso – an overview of civil society and global governance, and a review and analysis of UN practice in dealing with civil society.Mr. Annan set up the panel in February, calling improved interaction between the UN and the many actors in civil society “an essential step” towards making the UN more efficient and more capable of responding to the new demands of the 21st century.”The goals of the United Nations can only be achieved if civil society as well as Governments and international agencies are fully engaged,” he said then. read more

Attacks against peacekeepers may constitute war crimes – ICC Prosecutor

Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda condemned the killing on 13 July of seven peacekeepers serving with the joint UN-African Union peacekeeping mission in Darfur (UNAMID), and the wounding of 17 military and police personnel. The ambush carried out by a large unidentified group, which drew condemnation from Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the Security Council, was one of the most serious attacks against the mission since its deployment in early 2008, and the third in the past few weeks. “The Prosecutor reminds all parties to the conflict that the International Criminal Court has jurisdiction in Darfur […] and that the intentional directing of attacks against peacekeepers may constitute war crimes,” said a statement issued by the Prosecutor’s office.“The office will not hesitate to investigate and prosecute those alleged to have committed such crimes should the national authorities fail to,” it added. “The Prosecutor calls on the Government of Sudan to carry out a prompt and full investigation and to hold all those responsible to account.”Located in The Hague, in the Netherlands, the ICC is an independent, permanent court that tries persons accused of the most serious crimes of international concern – namely genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes – if national authorities with jurisdiction are unwilling or unable to do so genuinely.The Darfur region of Sudan is one of eight situations currently under investigation by the ICC. The others are northern Uganda, the Central African Republic (CAR), the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Kenya, Libya, Mali and Côte d’Ivoire. read more

Security guard pulled from Demerara River drowned – PM

A post mortem performed on the body of 58-year-old Mohamed Al Rasheed, whose body was retrieved from the Demerara River on Thursday has given the cause of death as drowning and as such, ruled out any speculations of foul play.The autopsy was conducted by Government pathologist Dr Nehaul Singh on Friday at the Linden Hospital Complex and the body has since been handed over to relatives.The deceased, a security guard of Number 11 Village, West Coast, Berbice is said to have drowned after venturing into the river in the vicinity of Omai Wharf on Wednesday.It was reported that Al Rasheed who was guarding some heavy duty equipment went to take a bath into the river and never resurfaced.The man reportedly encountered difficulties due to the strong current of the tide. Other employees reportedly saw this and attempted to render assistance but he went under the water. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedBody of man drowned in Demerara River recoveredApril 25, 2019In “Crime”Man, 58, feared drowned in Demerara RiverApril 25, 2019In “latest news”Body washes up on Wales estate wharfFebruary 14, 2017In “latest news” read more

Deaths of children at GPHC…Guyana Medical Council concludes probe into doctors

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedDeaths of 3 children at GPHC: 6 months after, Medical Council still to decide on fate of doctorsJuly 9, 2019In “latest news”Medical Council to probe death of children at GPHCMarch 14, 2019In “Health”‘Thorough probe needed’ – says father of teen who died after being treated for ankle painAugust 7, 2019In “latest news” …files sent to disciplinary committeeMore than three months have passed since the deaths of three juveniles occurred at the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC) and although two independent investigations into those matters have been concluded, sanctions, if any, are yet to be imposed.Chairman of the Guyana Medical Council, Dr Navindranauth Rambarran, in an exclusive interview with Inews on Saturday said that the Guyana Medical Council has concluded its probe into the deaths and the files have been sent to the council’s Disciplinary Committee.“All I could say on the issue is that the issue is now engaging the disciplinary committee at the medical council. But the course of natural justice has to take its path. So I cannot comment on that further,” Dr Rambarran said.With regard to the doctors who were found in the initial probe by the hospital to be negligent of following protocol, and who are still on the job, Dr Rambarran explained that it is not the role of the Guyana Medical Council to interfere in those operations but rather, the Disciplinary Committee has to do its work.GPHC, earlier this year, concluded its own probe into the matter, which found that the medical personnel did not follow the established protocol in administering drugs to the three children who died earlier this year.In March last, Deputy Chief Medical Officer (DCMO) of Guyana, Dr Karen Gordon-Campbell, told the media that the doctors who treated the three juvenile leukaemia patients who later died at the GPHC administered the drugs incorrectly. Instead of intrathecal administration of the drug vincristine, they administered it intravenously.It was this that led to the adverse reactions of those three children and ultimately their deaths.She explained that investigations revealed that protocols the medical practitioners should have followed would have stipulated which drug has to be administered “when and where.”“It wasn’t a question of dosage but administration in terms of where it was administered. That was done incorrectly. The dosages would have been fine but in terms of where they administered what,” the Deputy CMO explained.She stated that the three medical personnel involved in the matters were aware that they had broken protocol but not at the initial stage of administering the medicinal drugs to those patients.“The reasons that were given encompassed the fact that they were stretched and maybe not fully attentive at the time. That pretty much is the long and short of the reasons given but I don’t think that initially they realised. But eventually, when they recognised that the patients were deteriorating when they checked they realised their mistake.”DeficienciesMeanwhile, Chairperson of the Board of Directors at the GPHC, Kesaundra Alves told the media that an internal investigation by the hospital’s administration into the circumstances surrounding the treatment of three leukaemia patients and their subsequent adverse reactions has revealed that human deficiencies and systemic challenges contributed to the demise of those three children.“Statements were solicited from the parties directly or indirectly involved and parties who were witnesses or otherwise privy to pertinent information that could assist with the investigation. The Director of Medical and Professional Services, Dr Jeffery, submitted his final report to the Chief Executive Officer on January 28, 2019. That report concluded that human deficiencies and systemic challenges contributed to the demise of the three children.”She stated that an independent investigation by the Public Health Ministry was also launched and findings were similar to those of the GPHC’s; non-adherence to the hospital’s protocols led to the three young children succumbing at the GPHC.Since the deaths occurred, parents and other activists have been calling for the suspension of medical licenses of those doctors responsible for the deaths of seven-year-old Curwayne Edwards on January 14, three-year-old Roshini Seegobin on January 18 and six-year-old Sharezer Mendonca on January 24. read more

New GPC refreshes Limacol Tournament for fourth year

New GPC Company Secretary Zulfikar Ali speaking at the launchFor the fourth consecutive year, New GPC, under their Limacol brand, will be the chief sponsor of the Limacol Football tournament which gives senior teams a chance to showcase talents.Over $750,000 in cash and prizes has been injected into the fourth edition of the annual event, which brings the best of the best non-elite football teams together for weeks of riveting competition.This year’s tournament will see participation from 12 teams, eight of which hail from Georgetown, two are from the East Coast of Demerara, one is from the Demerara West Coast, and one is from the Demerara East Bank.Speaking on behalf of the organising body, Troy Mendonca of the Petra Organisation noted that while corporate entities may not necessarily have any direct returns from hosting tournaments, the reward comes in giving youths a platform to showcase their talent.“There are a lot of times when companies might not be able to actually measure what they get out of it, but we create young leaders and athletes, and it builds their character. This tournament alone would engage over 250 youths,” Mendonca explained.Mendonca also expressed gratitude to the pharmaceutical company on behalf of the coordinating body and the wider football fraternity.“We continue to praise New GPC for coming on board with us; and on behalf of Petra and the entire football fraternity, we want to say a big ‘thank you!’,” Mendonca stated.The teams that will have a chance to vie for the $400,000 grand prize are: GFC, Pele, Camptown, Northern Rangers, Black Pearl, Beacon, Riddim Squad, Pouderoyen, Grove Hi Tech, Mahaica Determinators and Buxton Stars.Meanwhile, GT Panthers and Eastveldt will have a play-off for the twelfth spot.Citing New GPC’s co-ownership of the Guyana Amazon Warriors team, Company Director Zulfikar Ali stressed the company’s continued involvement in sport, and revealed his hopes for Guyana’s future in football.“We pay a lot of emphasis on sport in Guyana, and football is one of the sports that we see having a lot of opportunities and room for growth. We hope that one day, when our national team can qualify for the World Cup and maybe win that World Cup, we would have played a part in the early development stages, to groom our young footballers to raise their standards of play in a tournament that will give them experience and confidence to go further,” Ali explained.He also expressed the New GPC’s commitment to assisting in the development of Guyanese athletes, especially in the football arena.The Limacol Football Tournament is expected to kick off next Saturday, August 31, at the Ministry of Education Ground on Carifesta Avenue.The teams will participate in the round-robin group stage before advancing to the quarterfinals, semis and the final showdown. With a new champion set to be crowned, the twelve teams will be battling for a $400,000 first prize, while second place will walk away with $200,000. Third and fourth places will pocket $100,000 and $50,000 respectively. (Jemima Holmes) Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedNew GPC pulls out of proposed Bourda Stadium DealNovember 30, 2013In “Local News”3rd Petra/Limacol Football tournament officially launchedAugust 25, 2018In “latest news”Santos, Mahaica Determinators are latest Limacol winnersSeptember 12, 2019In “latest news” read more