first_imgPlaying a wrestler was not easy for Aamir as he suffered aPlaying a wrestler was not easy for Aamir as he suffered a lot of injuries during the film.”I had a lot of injuries in my back, shoulder, both my elbow and ankle but none of them were serious. The only time it (injury) stopped my work was when I hurt my back while doing a wrestling scene, it was painful,” Aamir said.”I couldnt shoot and doctor asked me to rest for two months. I did not have that much time to wait. I told my director, give me two weeks.. I will rest. I went to Ludhiana from Mumbai to shoot… doctor gave me a pain killer injection and due to this I couldnt feel the pain. I took strong pain killer injections,” he said.After working on this biographical drama, Aamirs perception towards wrestlers has changed.”I had not much knowledge about wrestlers. I had heard wrestlers dont have much brain which I think is wrong, they have to be sharp, need to have an explosive speed and be able to understand what your opponent is going to do and react, its is all tactics its not strength… weightlifting is strength,” he said.The Nitesh Tiwari directed sports drama film is set to release on December 23. PTI KKP DK BKlast_img read more

Syrians mourn and cheer as Australia shatter World Cup dream

first_imgMany Syrians grieved the end of their national side’s unlikely march towards the World Cup finals on Tuesday, but others were relieved as it meant President Bashar al-Assad could not capitalise on the success.Syria lost 2-1 to Australia in the second leg of their Asian qualifying playoff in Sydney on Tuesday, after last week’s first leg finished 1-1, dashing the country’s hopes of reaching the tournament for the first time.Thousands gathered to watch the match in squares and stadiums across government-controlled areas of Syria, where schools were closed early to allow fans to tune in.Syrians driven from their country by war also gathered to watch from abroad, though some of them were cheering for Australia, who will face either the United States, Panama or Honduras in November to seal qualification to the finals in Russia next year.The support for the opposition underlined the deep divisions in a society split by six years of conflict.”I’d rather the Syrian team lose so that the regime will not get more legitimacy,” said Syrian Salah al-Ashkar, a 29-year-old from Aleppo, speaking from Paris.An opposition activist, posting on Facebook, thanked the goal post for denying Syria a late equaliser.Large crowds gathered to watch the match on a big screen at the central Damascus Umayyad square. State TV broadcast footage of fans watching in large numbers in the cities of Aleppo, Homs, and Latakia.”The importance of this match was that it brought people together… all parts (of society) were happy,” said Alia Abdallah in Damascus.advertisementSyria’s conflict has killed hundreds of thousands, pushed more than half its people from their homes and sent millions abroad as refugees. This made it hard for many Syrians to get behind the national side.Ayman Hilal, originally from Homs, said he would not be cheering for his country but still came out to watch the match at a coffee shop in the Lebanese city of Tripoli.”The Syrian team does not represent me, nor does it represent a great chunk of the people,” he said, with the anti-Assad opposition flag draped over his shoulders.TWO FLAGSThe Australian authorities allowed only the official national flags of Australia and Syria into Tuesday’s match. Hilal’s opposition flag was among a list of flags banned from Sydney’s ANZ stadium.A stadium spokesman told Reuters “a small number of banners” were prevented from entering the stadium. Pictures on pro-opposition social media accounts showed a “Free Syria” sign and an opposition flag raised within the crowd.Mohammed Rasheed, a spokesman for the Syrian rebel group Jaish al-Nasr group, gloated over Syria’s 2-1 defeat, using what became a popular Twitter hashtag.”Congratulations #team_barrel,” he wrote on Twitter, referring to barrel bombs – drums or cylinders packed with explosives and shrapnel that cause indiscriminate damage when dropped from the air.The United Nations has condemned Assad’s government for dropping barrel bombs, though Damascus has denied using them.Some Syrians supported the team, despite their opposition to Assad. “I was delighted that Syrian hearts are beating with anxiety for the same reason. I wish we could stop looking for things that draw us, as Syrians apart,” said 44-year-old Syrian Majed al-Atassi who lives in Dubai.last_img read more

Ashes 2017: Mitchell Starc injury not serious but pacer doubtful for Boxing Day Test

first_imgAustralia paceman Mitchell Starc has been cleared of a serious heel injury but his participation in the Boxing Day Test remains doubtful.”Starc had a scan in Sydney which confirmed bruising on his heel. He will still travel to Melbourne with the squad as planned and will be reassessed ahead of the Test,” the team said in a media release.Starc has been in a sublime form and is currently the top wicket-taker with 19 wickets from three matches of the ongoing Ashes series.Left-armer Starc bowled with the heel problem in the third Test at the WACA on Monday as Australia wrapped up an innings and 41-run win over England to reclaim the Ashes with two matches to spare.Jackson Bird is the reserve seamer in the Australia squad.Steve Smith’s side will look to extend their lead to 4-0 in the five-match series when the fourth Test starts Dec. 26 at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.(With inputs from Reuters)last_img read more



Wozniacki and Pliskova win but top seeds’ moods contrast wildly

first_img Since you’re here… Share via Email news Billie Jean King still bearing arms in tennis battle of the sexes Tennis Read more Caroline Wozniacki and Karolina Pliskova are the top two seeds here this week and both came through their opening-round matches at the Nature Valley International on Monday. Right now, that’s where the similarities end. On the one hand, there is Wozniacki, playing with the freedom earned from finally becoming a grand slam champion after her win at the Australian Open in January. Then there is Pliskova, a former world No 1, still trying to get over the line and looking anything but cool about the prospect, at least in the near future.Each claimed their first grass-court wins of the summer on Monday, but in different fashion. Woznacki, in her first outing since the French Open, beat Camila Giorgi of Italy 6-2, 6-3 while the defending champion Pliskova battled past Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova of Russia 6-4, 2-6, 6-3, a much-needed confidence boost after losing her first match in Birmingham last week. The Recap: sign up for the best of the Guardian’s sport coverage Reuse this content Share on Twitter Share on Pinterest Share on Facebook Share on WhatsApp Read more Ever since her victory in Melbourne, Wozniacki has revelled in one simple fact; never again will she be asked the question: ‘Do you think you will ever win a grand slam title?”. Five months on, the Dane is content, knowing that whatever happens, she has done it. “It took me a while to get that first grand slam just to know that even if I stop my career tomorrow or whatever it is, it just feels great to basically have a complete resume,” Wozniacki said.“I think that gave me kind of a more relaxed approach. You’re a competitor and you want to win everything and you want to keep improving. But at the same time, it feels so nice going into a press conference or into a grand slam and [thinking]: ‘you know what? You cannot ask me that question again and how it feels because I have actually done it. I think it’s maybe even sweeter, you know, having to wait a little longer for it.”Having never been past the fourth round at Wimbledon, Wozniacki will not be under huge pressure when she gets to the All England Club next week. Her game, she says, is in the right place, and she is likely to prove a tough opponent for Johanna Konta, should the Briton overcome Aleksandra Krunic in the second round on Tuesday.Pliskova, meanwhile, does not have the same luxury as Wozniacki. After the Dane’s win in Australia, the victory by Simona Halep at the French Open meant that the tag of “best player yet to win a major” was quickly passed on to Pliskova. It’s a burden that does not rest easily on the 26-year-old’s shoulders, it seems. Though she won on clay in Stuttgart in April and reached the semi-finals in Madrid, she lost early at the French Open and grass, it is clear, is not her best friend. “I like hard courts the most. Then there is clay. And then there is grass,” she said, with a smile. In theory, there is no reason why Pliskova should not excel on grass, given her huge serve and big, flat groundstrokes. But the Czech has never been past the second round in six attempts at Wimbledon and the belief, if anything, does not quite seem to be there when the surface beneath her feet is green.“It’s tough, because everybody thinks I have perfect game for grass,” she said. “And for sure I believe I can go far, so it’s not that I hate the tournament, I don’t like [it]. But maybe we can try to have a better relationship together with Wimbledon and I can play better this year.”Britain’s Heather Watson will head to Wimbledon short of confidence and short of match practice after she was beaten 6-7, 7-5, 6-3 by Kristina Mladenovic of France in the first round. With just one win from four grass-court events this summer, the result also means the 88th-ranked Watson will now drop out of the world’s top 100 when the list is updated next week. Support The Guardian Topics … 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. Share on Messenger Share on LinkedInlast_img read more

Georgia Commits Working To Recruit 5-Star RB Kendall Milton

first_img Milton’s final four are Georgia, Alabama, LSU, and Ohio State.Over the last two years at Buchanan High School, Milton has recorded over 2,800 rushing yards, 50 touchdowns, and over 8.0 yards per carry.247Sports rates Milton as the No. 21 overall prospect in the Class of 2020. He is the No. 3 running back in the country, and the No. 4 prospect from the state of California.Georgia’s 2020 recruiting class currently ranks No. 5 in the country.Adding Milton would be yet another massive addition to the school that has developed plenty of elite running backs over the years. A general view of Georgia's football stadium.ATHENS, GA – NOVEMBER 24: A general view of Sanford Stadium during the game between the Georgia Bulldogs and the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets on November 24, 2018 in Athens, Georgia. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)Five-star running back Kendall Milton is one of the top prospects in the country, and a natural target for just about every SEC team. But the Georgia Bulldogs are using more than just their coaches in order to convince Milton to commit.Several Georgia commits have been taking to Twitter and actively recruiting Milton to the program. Mekhail Sherman, Tate Ratledge, and Carson Beck have all made their various appeals to bring him into the fold.Sherman has made several Tweets trying to convince Milton to join in the past few weeks. He most recently tried to appeal to the California-based running back after making his top four announcement.Just follow your heart brudda, You know what was said.— Mekhail Sherman🌹 (@JuicedUpK9) May 17, 2019last_img read more

MS Dhoni kept his cool and took the game forward in Melbourne: Azharuddin

first_imgMS Dhoni kept his cool and took the game forward in Melbourne: AzharuddinIndia vs Australia, Brief Scores: India (234/3) beat Australia (230) by 7 wickets. MS Dhoni finished with 193 runs in the three-match ODI series in Australia and was named the man-of-the-series.advertisement India Today Web Desk New DelhiJanuary 18, 2019UPDATED: January 19, 2019 01:40 IST MS Dhoni was named the player of the series in Australia (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSIndia beat Australia by 7 wickets in the third ODI to win the series 2-1MS Dhoni scored 3 fifties in 3 ODIs as India won their 1st bilateral ODI series in AustraliaIndia won their first ever bilateral ODI series in AustraliaBrief Scores: India (234/3; Dhoni 87*, Jadhav 61*) beat Australia (230; Chahal 6 for 42) by 7 wickets to win ODI series 2-1. Full ScorecardFormer India skipper Mohammad Azaharuddin lauded MS Dhoni for guiding India to their first ever bilateral one day international series in Australia on Friday. India rode on MS Dhoni and Kedar Jadav half-centuries to win the series-deciding third and final ODI at the Melbourne Cricket Ground and clinch the series 2-1.India had tweaked their batting line-up a bit and promoted an in-form Dhoni to bat at No.4 after Ambati Rayudu was replaced in the playing XI by Kedar Jadhav. Dhoni did not disappoint even batting at No.4.He hit an unbeaten 87 while Kedar Jadhav was 61 not out as India chased down 231 against Australia with four balls to spare. India were under a bit of pressure in the tricky chase when they lost Virat Kohli in the 30th over. But Dhoni built an unbroken 121-run stand with Kedar Jadhav to take India home.”I have always said our main batsmen should play in the first five. Dhoni played really well on Friday. After Kohli’s wicket, Dhoni kept his cool and took the game forward. Kedar Jadhav also batted well. As far as India’s batting order is concerned, I think Rishabh Pant will be slotted in at No.6 [for the World Cup]. The more India play with this batting order in the coming days the better. Dhoni, before coming to Australia, did not have that match practice and he will also get those chances in the future games,” Azhar told Sports Tak.advertisementFormer India captain Sunil Gavaskar too had praised Dhoni for his heroics in the series.”I am delighted with the way India have performed.. just becoming the second team to win a Test and ODI series in Australia. It’s never easy,” Gavaskar told India Today. “It is a fantastic achievement. Absolutely terrific to see Dhoni get the man-of-the-series award. Don’t forget he keeps wickets and to do that for 50 overs and come out and bat… Full credit to the man for his fitness and commitment to Indian cricket.”Gavaskar pointed out that it was important to not forget how craftily Dhoni ensured India not suffer any hiccups in their chase in Adelaide and Melbourne.”You need the partnerships and that’s what he got from Dinesh Karthik the other day and Kedar Jadhav in Melbourne but don’t take anything away from the way he made sure there was no collapse. Had Dhoni got out, India would have struggled,” Gavaskar said.MS Dhoni is known for his cricketing acumen – after the match, he conceded he was targeting certain bowlers towards the end. Dhoni even went up to the umpires to find out how many overs certain bowlers were left with.Gavaskar said that is the kind of intelligence that sets Dhoni sets apart.”You need that kind of experience and cricketing intelligence to take the team home. The Australian captain might have got it wrong with his bowling changes. MSD knew which bowler to target and he did that brilliantly,” he said.Also Read | Sakshi Dhoni’s message for Team India after historic series win: You fought like soldiersAlso Read | MS Dhoni is a superstar of the game, says Justin LangerAlso Read | Credit to MS Dhoni for his fitness and commitment to Indian cricket: Sunil GavaskarFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byJepher Nickels Tags :Follow Mohammad AzharuddinFollow MS DhoniFollow Sunil GavaskarFollow Yuzvendra Chahallast_img read more

OnePlus 7, OnePlus 7 Pro global launch likely on May 14

first_imgOnePlus 7, OnePlus 7 Pro global launch likely on May 14Last week — for the first ever time — the OnePlus 7 Pro was leaked in pictures. The photographs showed the phone from all angles. The phone appears with pop-up selfie camera on the front and triple cameras on the back panel. The same features are expected to be present on the standard OnePlus 7 model too.advertisement Sneha Saha New DelhiApril 15, 2019UPDATED: April 16, 2019 11:59 IST HIGHLIGHTSOnePlus is expected to launch three smartphones instead of just two like every year.OnePlus has already confirmed to bring its own 5G phone very soon.A new leak now suggests that the OnePlus 7 and OnePlus 7 Pro may launch globally on May 14.A lot is being talked about the OnePlus 7 and the OnePlus 7 Pro of late. This year, in 2019, OnePlus is expected to launch three smartphones instead of just two like every year. OnePlus has already confirmed to bring its own 5G phone very soon. Alongside the 5G device, rumours suggest that OnePlus will launch OnePlus 7 and OnePlus 7 Pro too. A new leak now suggests that the OnePlus 7 and OnePlus 7 Pro may launch globally on May 14. However, take this with a pinch of salt considering OnePlus is yet to confirm the launch date of the OnePlus 7 series. The same leak suggests that OnePlus will be teasing the OnePlus 7 Pro with tagline “Go beyond speed”.Last week for the first ever time the OnePlus 7 Pro was leaked in pictures. The photographs showed the phone from all angles. The phone appears with pop-up selfie camera on the front and triple cameras on the back panel. The same features are expected to be present on the standard OnePlus 7 model too.Unlike the V15 Pro or Oppo F11 Pro, the placement of the pop-up selfie camera on the OnePlus 7 will be different. It will sit on the top left edge of the phone. The presence of pop-up camera hints that there will be no notch on the OnePlus 7 series of phones. On the hardware front, both the OnePlus 7 and OnePlus 7 Pro are expected to be powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 855 chipset which also powered the S10 series of phones, Huawei P30 Pro and some of the other flagships launched recently.advertisementThe full specs sheet of the OnePlus 7 Pro was leaked last week. The sheet suggests that on the back the OnePlus 7 Pro will sport 45MP + 16MP + 8MP camera configuration and sport super optic 6.67-inch display. The front camera details are not known yet. The specs sheet further reveals that the OnePlus 7 Pro will come with 8GB RAM and 256GB storage.On the software front, the OnePlus 7 Pro will run on Android 9 Pie based on the latest Oxygen OS, the specs sheet suggests. It also reveals that the model number of the OnePlus 7 Pro is will be GM1915. Rumours also suggest that the OnePlus 7 will launch in three variants — GM1901, GM1903, GM1905, while the OnePlus 7 Pro will launch in four variants including — GM1911, GM1913, GM1915, and GM1917. The OnePlus 5G phone is expected to come in one variant with model number GM1920.According to rumours expect the two OnePlus flagship phones to launch on May 14 globally. Following the past track records, the global launch of the OnePlus 7 and OnePlus 7 Pro may follow with India launch. OnePlus is yet to officially confirm the launch date of the OnePlus 7 and OnePlus 7 Pro.ALSO READ | Realme 3 Pro launching in India on April 22, can it beat Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 Pro?ALSO READ | Apple iPhone XE: Design, specifications and all we know about Apple’s rumoured iPhone SE successorALSO READ | Samsung Galaxy A70 vs Galaxy A50: Specs, features and price comparedGet real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bySneha Sahalast_img read more

World Cup 2019: Bruised South Africa look to put opening defeat behind

first_img Indo-Asian News Service LondonJune 2, 2019UPDATED: June 2, 2019 10:44 IST South Africa will be facing Bangladesh on Sunday at The Oval.(Twitter/@cricketworldcup)HIGHLIGHTSBangladesh will face South Africa on 2nd June, Sunday, at The OvalIn their first match, South Africa were thrashed by 104 runs against EnglandBangladesh opener Tamim Iqbal is doubtful of playing against South Africa due to an injuryBangladesh will be facing a bruised South African side in their World Cup opener on Sunday at The Oval in London. The Proteas were condemned to a 104-run defeat largely due to England’s ability to use the conditions better and the combined brilliance of Joffra Archer and Ben Stokes.While they could do little about the latter, South Africa will have learnt more about using the conditions which only makes Bangladesh’s task all the more difficult. Even in that defeat, South Africa showed that they have the resources to justify their tag as one of the favourites behind England, India and Australia.Quinton de Kock looked good in his knock of 68 and the bowlers performed well enough to make it look like South Africa could win the match at the end of the England innings. Faf du Plessis and Aiden Markram fell to Archer while Hashim Amla was forced to retire hurt due to a bouncer from the 24-year-old but the three batsmen have done enough in international cricket to make it foolhardy to discount them on the basis of their performance in that match.Bangladesh were given an injury scare on Friday when Tamim Iqbal had to leave the nets after being struck by the ball on the left wrist. Tamim averages 50.71 in seven ODIs played in England and this includes scores of 128 and 95 in the first two matches of the 2017 Champions Trophy.Additionally, they are monitoring the fitness of captain Mashrafe Mortaza who has a hamstring issue and ace pacer Mustafizur Rahman who has been struggling with his calf. Mahmadullah has been nursing a shoulder injury while all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan suffered a back spasm recently, although the latter is expected to be fully fit for the game.advertisementSquads:Bangladesh: Mashrafe Mortaza (c), Tamim Iqbal, Liton Das, Soumya Sarkar, Mushfiqur Rahim (wk), Mahmudullah Riyad, Shakib Al Hasan (vc), Mohammad Mithun (wk), Sabbir Rahman, Mosaddek Hossain, Mohammad Saifuddin, Mehidy Hasan, Rubel Hossain, Mustafizur Rahman, Abu JayedSouth Africa: Faf du Plessis (c), Quinton de Kock (vc & wk), David Miller, JP Duminy, Hashim Amla, Aiden Markram, Rassie van der Dussen, Dwaine Pretorius, Andile Phehlukwayo, Kagiso Rabada, Dale Steyn, Lungi Ngidi, Anrich Nortje, Imran Tahir, Tabraiz ShamsiAlso Read | World Cup 2019: Adam Zampa feels Afghanistan capable of causing upsetsAlso Read | Salaam Cricket 2019: Tendulkar, Akram, Warne in star-studded cricket conclave at Lord’sAlso SeeFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAnita Jat Tags :Follow South Africa vs BangladeshFollow ICC World Cup 2019Follow England World Cup 2019: Bruised South Africa look to put opening defeat behindAfter losing out to England by 104 runs in their last match, South Africa will be facing Bangladesh on Sunday and will be looking to regain confidence for their maiden title race.advertisementlast_img read more

Friendship Between Jamaica and Spain Has Flourished

first_imgJamaica and Spain have enjoyed constructive, engaged and mutually supportive relations for many years.Diplomatic relations were formally established in 1966, four years after Jamaica’s Independence on August 6, 1962.In more recent times, Jamaica has benefitted immensely through significant investments by Spanish investors and philanthropic efforts of the Spanish-Jamaican Foundation (SJF).The Foundation has been in existence since 2006 and seeks to foster partnerships between Spain and Jamaica through educational, cultural, environmental and community development initiatives.Since its inception, it has made support for the teaching of Spanish as a foreign language, a priority.The Foundation has collaborated with the Ministry of Education on a number of initiatives, including the awarding of $2.5 million in scholarships for students studying to become teachers of Spanish.Ambassador of Spain to Jamaica and President of the Spanish-Jamaican Foundation, Her Excellency Celsa Nuño, tells JIS News that Spanish as language is a tool for economic empowerment for the youth of Jamaica.“Jamaica is in a privileged geographic location to take advantage of the markets that are offered by the 375 million people that live in this part of the world,” Mrs Nuño says.Recently, 50 full scholarships valued at $237,500 were awarded to Jamaican teachers of Spanish by the Embassy of Spain and the Spanish-Jamaican Foundation.The award of $4,750 each, will enable the teachers to participate in a one-year Virtual Spanish Classroom (Aula Virtual de Español) programme and will receive internationally accredited certification upon completion.“That joins another 50 scholarships which we handed over to teachers of the six teachers’ colleges to help them pursue their studies,” Mrs. Nuño states.Six students from the University of Technology’s School of Hospitality also benefited from a scholarship valued at over $300,000.In its support for children and families with special needs, the Foundation presented a cheque for $4.5million to outfit classrooms at Montego Bay’s mixed Ability School, NAZ Children’s Centre. Learning materials valued at $500,000 were also donated to the Promise Learning Centre, the Jamaica Society for the Blind and the Salvation Army School for the Visually Impaired.Come October 2013, a Jamaican teacher of Spanish will be awarded the title of ‘Spanish Teacher of the Year’. This initiative seeks to recognise and celebrate achievements in, and commitment to, the teaching of Spanish as a foreign language.The award will be presented during the Embassy of Spain’s National Day Celebrations in October 2013.Mrs. Nuño explains that the Spanish Teacher of the Year will be decided on the basis of his/her performance in that subject.In terms of cultural awareness, the Foundation also played a part in the restoration of the Seville Great House and Museum in St. Ann, which will be officially re-opened on July 12.Operations Manager at the Seville Great House and Heritage Park, Claudette Anderson, tells JIS News that the refurbishing work, which started in 2010, was completed in November 2012.“It (refurbishing) was very extensive. We replaced all of the roof and the flooring. We installed air-condition units, which were never there before, and installed fans. With the help of the Spanish Foundation, we did a whole new state- of-the-art exhibition, which includes DVDs that show simulations of what the property looked like when the house was first built,” she says.The restoration was also made possible through the efforts of the Tourism Enhancement Fund (TEF) and the CHASE Fund.In terms of its contribution to sports development, some 50 children in Hanover, aged 5 to 6, are now taking tennis lessons as part of their Physical Education classes.This is being made possible through the recently launched Early Childhood Tennis Programme, in conjunction with Tennis Jamaica.Mrs. Nuño notes that this programme will continue through the next academic year as a pilot programme.“This new partnership with Tennis Jamaica is a natural progression, because although Spain is known primarily as a footballing powerhouse, it is also highly respected and well recognized as a tennis destination,” she states.The programme will teach the sport to close to 50 four and five year-old students of the Tryall Fund’s ‘Success by Six’ schools in the parish.Valued at close to $1 million annually, the programme will use the International Tennis Federation’s (ITF) ‘Play & Stay’method designed especially for young children to maximize the many benefits for this age group, which include: brain development, self-esteem, hand/eye co-ordination, concentration, self-control and social interaction.Meanwhile, the Spanish Embassy is playing its part in the development the agricultural sector in Jamaica, with the donation of two state-of-the-art green houses.Mrs. Nuño says it is hoped that the green houses, which have been constructed in Elim, St. Elizabeth and Coleyville, Manchester, will be handed over in July.In terms of the tourism sector, Spanish investors have invested over US$1.7 billion in the industry. Mrs. Nuño states that about 25 per cent of the rooms built in Jamaica are of Spanish investments.“The companies have not ceased to grow since they established themselves here. Last year we saw Bahia Principe building another 80 rooms to its hotel and are now close to a 1,000 rooms. We will see, before the end of the year, RIU (Hotel) opening a new hotel in Montego Bay, where they already have one,” the Ambassador informs.Last November, RIU commenced construction of a 238-room hotel at Mahoe Bay in Montego Bay, which will be opened for the 2013/14 winter season.The RIU development is an investment of over $4 billion or US$43 million, and will represent RIU’s high-end brand of suites.Additionally, global hotel operators, Meliá Hotels International, have entered into an agreement with the National Insurance Fund (NHF), to manage the resort property at Braco. The hotel’s 226 rooms are slated to undergo major renovation in the coming months.“We have got Palladium looking at phase two if certain conditions are given, so definitely there is always movement, as companies are looking at possibilities. The service sector in Spain is very strong, even though Spain is going through economic difficulties as well,” the Ambassador says.Mrs. Nuño argues that the impact of Spanish investments in Jamaica has been transformational and considerable in a short period of time, in a key sector for the growth of the country.“I am very pleased that I can say with confidence that Spanish companies play their part in brand Jamaica and are very much part of the Jamaican experience. They are very Jamaican, they promote Jamaican products and culture within their companies, because they know that is what the tourists come and look for, while at the same time keeping the spirit of the Spanish component of this industry,” she adds.Another notable gesture included the Queen Sofia of Spain Women’s Centre, in Spanish Town, which was officially opened by Prime Minister the Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller, in July last year.Its construction and equipment, valued at over $37 million (338,000 Euros), have been donated by the Government of Spain, through the Spanish Agency for International Development Co-operation.By: Latonya Linton, a priority.last_img read more

Province to Help Young Adults with Special Needs

first_imgThe province is taking action to help young adults with special needs successfully make the transition from high school to independent living. The Department of Education and the Department of Community Services agreed today, July 14, to provide interim funding for the Access to Community Education and Employment program (ACEE) while the program’s operator, the Independent Living Resource Centre, tries to secure federal funding. The provincial funding will keep the Halifax-based education and employment program operating over the next year. The program will help up to 24 recent public school graduates with special needs obtain life skills, job development and employment training. It is designed to support young adults with special needs who do not yet qualify for adult social services after finishing high school. The federal government has been funding the program but has yet to commit to supporting the program for the next year. “This is an extremely valuable program and our funding means the program will go ahead in September,” said Community Services Minister Judy Streatch. “We will support the Independent Living Resource Centre’s ongoing efforts to obtain federal funding.” Education and Community Services will provide the Independent Living Resource Centre with up to $205,000 so it can continue to offer support to young adults with special needs. Over the past several weeks some parents of students with special needs have raised concerns over the lack of access to continuing education for their children once they graduate. Education Minister Karen Casey said it is important students have the opportunity to get the skills and training they need after they have fulfilled all their high school requirements and can no longer benefit from the school system. “This is an attempt to bridge those gaps in service so these adult students can reach their full potential,” Ms. Casey said. Lois Miller, executive director of Independent Living Resource Centre, said provincial funding will give her organization time to re-apply for federal funding. “We are working hard to convince Ottawa to continue funding this valuable program,” she said. “The centre and our clients are extremely pleased that the provincial government is helping to keep this program in place for at least another year.” “ACEE has offered youth with disabilities an important option to let them move confidently into employment or further education,” said Ms. Miller.last_img read more

Canucks help fight stigma of addiction in new public awareness campaign

first_imgVANCOUVER – NHL players have supported teammates through substance use, and now it’s time for the Vancouver Canucks to acknowledge fans battling their own addiction issues, retired goalie Kirk McLean says.McLean is the ambassador of an awareness campaign the Canucks announced Monday by placing two ads around Rogers Arena. They each feature a man and a woman and the tagline: “People who use drugs are real people. Get involved. Get informed. Get help.”The campaign is in partnership with the province’s Mental Health and Addictions Ministry, which will also include messages on television, social media and billboards.British Columbia declared a public health emergency in 2016 because of an unprecedented number of overdose deaths.The BC Coroners Service recorded 1,208 fatal overdoses between January and October last year. The powerful opioid fentanyl was detected in 999 of the confirmed and suspected deaths during that time, an increase of 136 per cent from the same period in 2016.McLean stood in the stands on Monday during a Canucks practice as players saluted first responders including paramedics and firefighters who are often on the front lines reviving people who have overdosed.He said he’s hoping the ads will spark conversations among friends and families as they attend Canucks games so the stigma attached to illicit drug use is broken, among professional athletes too.“Hopefully people take notice and we use this celebrityism, so to speak, to say: ‘Listen, athletes have issues too. They’re just like everybody else. Yes, we put them up on pedestal but some go home and have to deal with drug abuse and mental health issues and hibernate in their homes by themselves.’ “The message to fans is: “You’re not alone. We’re here to help you out,” McLean said in an interview.Three of McLean’s former teammates suffered through mental health issues and addiction to drugs and alcohol, including one who was suicidal, said McLean, who retired in 2001.“It was scary, it was hard core” he said. “Some days we weren’t sure if we were going to see them again.”He noted former Calgary Flames player Theo Fleury, who became addicted to drugs and alcohol after surviving sexual abuse by his junior coach and then went on to help others struggling with addiction.Mental Health and Addictions Minister Judy Darcy said the campaign is meant to leave a powerful impression on people who could help others struggling in silence.“Turning the tide on this overdose crisis will take each one of us,” she told a news conference at Rogers Arena.Leslie McBain, whose son, 25-year-old Jordan Miller, died of an opioid overdose in 2014, said the campaign will reach an important segment of society that’s been hit hard by overdose deaths.“A lot of fans, mostly men, are part of the cohort that is dying at home alone,” said McBain, who attended the news conference.McBain called on other sports teams to get involved in spreading the message about drug use, especially to reach young fans who need to know it’s OK to talk about drug use.Paramedic David Hilden was also in the stands as the Canucks paid tribute to first responders.“It’s just an acknowledgment that addiction spans all walks of life,” Hilden said of the campaign.“A lot of people look up to them as mentors in society, and certainly the young kids. That’s the people we need to get a hold of and educate.”Hilden, who has been on the job for 33 years, said the number of overdoses has escalated sharply.“We see it on a fairly regular basis daily, all day, all night. It’s everywhere in British Columbia.”— Follow @CamilleBains1 on Twitter.last_img read more

Wilderness survival book borrowed in 1977 is finally returned to BC library

first_imgVANCOUVER — A book about surviving in the outdoors has been returned to a B.C. library branch more than four decades after it was checked out.The book, “Wilderness Living: A Complete Handbook and Guide to Pioneering in North America” was borrowed from the Union Bay branch of the Vancouver Island Regional Library in 1977.It was returned anonymously to the Courtenay branch last Monday.Library spokesman David Carson says the book’s subject matter “adds to the mystique of its whereabouts over the past four-plus decades.”He says the book is in excellent condition considering its extended absence from the shelves.Carson says overdue materials for adults accrue a daily fine of 30 cents until a $10 cap is reached — which is lucky for whoever who signed it out.“The fine would have been in excess of $4,500 without the cap,” said Carson, adding that he doesn’t know if the book will go back into circulation.He noted that it’s still being sold and is considered a valuable resource for outdoor survival.Carson said although ideally, books are returned before their due date, it’s not unusual for items to be returned late.“But to have a book returned from the time when Stars Wars first came out — and for it to be in such good condition — is definitely not common,” he said. The Canadian Presslast_img read more

North Dakota oil and gas production hit new highs

first_imgBISMARCK, N.D. — North Dakota set oil and gas production records in September, but a slowdown is expected in the coming months due to a sharp drop in oil prices.The state’s director of mineral resources, Lynn Helms, said Friday that oil production surged to a record 1.36 million barrels per day, while natural gas output hit an all-time high of 2.5 billion cubic feet per day in September.But the gas volume that was flared off instead of captured also hit a record at 457 million cubic feet per day. The capture rate was 83 per cent, missing an 85 per cent target for the fifth straight month. The target rose to 88 per cent this month.The North Dakota Industrial Commission is expected to take action Tuesday on changes to the gas capture policyThe Associated Presslast_img read more

WeChat introduces inapp gaming tab

first_imgBeijing: The China-based messaging and payments platform WeChat is adding an in-app mini-gaming platform to let users play basic games like Tetris, open to developers worldwide. The company had listed two developers outside China for now and Google was one of them with its doodling game — “Guess My Sketch”. WeChat said its mini games platform grew to over 400 million monthly active users, but that was still less than half of how many monthly active users were on the app — 1.082 billion mostly from China, The Verge reported on Thursday. Also Read – Swiggy now in 500 Indian cities, targets 100 more this year With its gaming platform, WeChat promises new developers joining in from around the world profit shares. “There is a programme that developers can apply to, called ‘Creativity Incentives’ which parent company Tencent launched in December to encourage developers to experiment creatively with art, music, and storytelling,” the report said. “The programme grants deserving developers an additional 20 per cent cut in revenue.” WeChat’s decision of introducing an in-app gaming tab comes after other social networking giants like Facebook, Snapchat and YouTube incorporated dedicated gaming-related spaces as part of their main apps. WeChat’s attempts to expand abroad had faltered after it went international in 2012. The new announcement could help the app better establish itself in markets outside of China, the report added.last_img read more

US China express condolences over death of monk

The Chinese Embassy said it will make unremitting effort to promote the Buddhist exchange and cooperation between the two countries and consolidate our traditional friendship between the two peoples. “The Most Ven. Aggamaha Pandita Davuldena Gnanaissara with many attainments is a Buddhist scholar and proficient in many languages including Chinese. He is highly respected by the world Buddhist community. As a good friend of the Chinese Buddhist Community, he visited China a number of times and has played an important role in promoting the Buddhist exchange and cooperation between China and Sri Lanka. Most Ven. Aggamaha Pandita Davuldena Gnanaissara’s demise is a great loss not only to Sri Lanka but also to the world,’” the Embassy said. China and the United States (US) today expressed condolences over the death of the Most Venerable Aggamaha Pandita Davuldena Gnanaissara Thero, Mahanayake of Amarapura Maha Nikaya, who passed away yesterday.The Embassy of the People’s Republic of China expressed the heartfelt condolence to the Buddhist community and the people of Sri Lanka. Meanwhile the US Embassy in Colombo, in a statement said that extended  condolences to the Government and the people of Sri Lanka on the passing of the Chief Prelate of the Amarapura Chapter, Most Venerable Davuldena Gnanissara Mahanayake Thero.The Embassy said that Sri Lankans and Americans who knew the late Mahanayake respected his ceaseless efforts to improve the lives of all Sri Lankans through his advocacy for peace and reconciliation based upon the teachings of Lord Buddha. (Colombo Gazette) read more

Tenant bilked out of 1800

Norfolk OPP remind the public of the pitfalls of attempting to rent or buy real estate over the internet after a local resident was defrauded out of $1,800.From March 20 to April 4, the South Walsingham resident corresponded online with someone who claimed to have an apartment available in Simcoe.At the end of the negotiation and without a written lease or contract, the victim wired $1,800 to the alleged landlord. When the victim showed up at the property, the occupant said the property was not for rent, nor was it for sale.Police were notified of the scam Thursday morning.“Police remind residents to be vigilant at all times when responding to ads on various websites,” Const. Ed Sanchuk, spokesperson for the Norfolk OPP, said. “No matter whether you are renting or buying, it is important that you protect yourself from frauds and scams. In general, if a deal sounds too good to be true, it probably is.”Sanchuk says there is no substitute for old-fashioned leg work.“Finding a place to rent may be as easy as walking through a neighbourhood that interests you looking for ‘for rent’ signs or reading your local classifieds,” he said. “You may also turn to the internet and search online classified postings. Whatever way you find your next place to live, be aware that there are people who could try to cheat or defraud you.Police offer the following advice for would-be tenants:Avoid ads that are “too good to be true.” Ads for apartments or houses with rents significantly below market value are almost always lures used by scam artists. Check other listings in the general area and see what the going rates for apartments and houses are before responding. Always see the apartment or house in person before sending any money or providing personal information such as your social insurance number, even if it’s just to fill out an application. Under no circumstances should you do business with an overseas landlord unless you have personally verified their identity and that they actually own the apartment or home advertised. Dealing locally is best. The safest way to deal is in-person and face-to-face. Be wary if the prospective landlord only wants to communicate via e-mail. Be even more careful if the landlord is currently out of the country or resides overseas or far from where the apartment or house is located. Be extremely wary if the landlord flat out refuses to talk on the phone or claims they cannot talk on the phone. Exercise caution before wiring deposits or rent payments using a money transfer service, especially to foreign countries. Sending money in any form overseas will likely result in losing all of it. Money transfers are the currency of internet scams because the funds are available instantly, untraceable and worldwide. Scan any email attachments from landlords with anti-virus software before opening. One of the latest scams involves a “landlord” e-mailing an unsuspecting renter additional photos of the apartment for lease. However, one or more of the e-mail attachments contains a virus that will fool your web browser to make it appear as though you’re going to a legitimate site but in fact are being sent to a site controlled by the scammer. The best way to protect yourself is by using anti-virus software, keeping it up to date, and by scanning all e-mail attachments before opening or double-clicking on them. Tips for landlords:Does a potential tenant only want to communicate via email? Police suggest caution when dealing with someone you only have contact with via the internet. Verify payments. If you are considering renting to someone who sends advance payment, ensure their payment will clear the bank. Excess payments. Never wire or transfer the difference from an “accidental” over-payment to anyone. Chances are the original over-payment was fraudulent. Exercise caution during student rental season. Fraud becomes more prevalent near the end of a term at university or college when students are attempting to sublet their apartments. Be extra cautious at this time. “If we can eliminate the economic incentives for scammers, we can eliminate their behavior completely,” Insp. Joe Varga, chief of the Norfolk OPP, says in the news release. “Renters, property managers, owners, and agents all need to continually stay educated on the various rental scams that are occurring in our community.” read more

Football Ohio State lists JT Barrett as starting quarterback in Big Ten

Ohio State redshirt senior quarterback J.T. Barrett (16) throws a pass in the first quarter of the game against Michigan on Nov. 25 in Ann Arbor. Ohio State won 31-20. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorOhio State released its depth chart Tuesday before Saturday’s Big Ten championship game against Wisconsin. Though redshirt senior J.T. Barrett did not finish the game under center for Ohio State, he was listed as the starting quarterback for the Buckeyes. The only change that appeared on the depth chart was the backup quarterback position. Rather than be listed as the co-second-string quarterback with redshirt sophomore Joe Burrow, redshirt freshman Dwayne Haskins was listed as the only backup to redshirt senior J.T. Barrett under center. Burrow is now listed as third-string quarterback.Haskins filled in for Barrett on Saturday against Michigan and drove the Buckeyes down the field for the eventual game-winning score. Haskins finished the game 6-for-7 with 94 passing yards. He also carried the ball three times for 24 yards.Here is the rest of the depth chart. read more

All systems go at Olympic Dam as well as progressing regional exploration

first_imgIn its H2 2018 results, BHP reports that underground operations continue to progress into the Southern Mine Area of Olympic Dam, with record development kilometres achieved and the mine’s third decline becoming fully operational in the fourth quarter 2018. Olympic Dam copper production increased by 20% to 65,000 t as a result of the major smelter maintenance campaign in the prior period, which was partially offset by an unplanned acid plant outage in August 2018. Surface operations resumed at the end of October 2018 following completion of acid plant remediation works. Overall production guidance for the 2019 financial year remains unchanged at between 170,000 and 180,000 t.In November 2018, BHP confirmed identification of a potential new iron oxide, copper, gold (IOCG) mineralised system, located 65 km to the south east of BHP’s operations at Olympic Dam in South Australia. BHP is evaluating and interpreting the results reported and planning a further drilling program, to commence early in the 2019 calendar year.last_img read more

The 25 most popular free iPhone apps of all time

first_imgChina could be the biggest loser from the Saudi Arabia oil attack See how smoggy downtown LA was the day before Trump is expected to demolish California’s attempts to tackle auto emissions 10 things in tech you need to know today 16-year-old Greta Thunberg met with Obama and chided senators, saying they’re not trying hard enough to fight climate change APPLE IS CLOSE to hitting 50 billion app downloads from the App Store. To celebrate, it revealed the most popular apps of all time.Since free apps are significantly more popular than paid apps, and since Apple’s App Store has more downloads than any other app store, there’s a strong chance that these could be the most popular mobile apps of all time. Some of the apps are US-centric or haven’t been released or taken off in Ireland yet, but the majority are popular in many countries where the App Store is available. Because hey, who doesn’t like playing Angry Birds?1: FacebookIt’s the most popular social network in the world so it makes sense that it’s the most popular app of all time.2: PandoraSome see this as the alternative to radio stations. The iPhone made Pandora into a big business.3: InstagramA great way to share photos with friends (and add arty filters)4: YouTubeYouTube hit the App Store just last year when Apple took YouTube off the iPhone as a default app. It’s already one of the five most popular apps of all time.5: SkypeThe best way to video chat with people around the world.6: Words with Friends FreeThis social take on Scrabble is super popular7: Weather ChannelThis US-based app has proved to be the most popular of all the weather apps.8: TwitterTwitter is the best way to get a quick update on what’s happening around the world on your iPhone.9: Temple RunSome people we know think this is the best iPhone game ever. You run and run and run, trying to beat your friends’ best scores.10: Google searchGoogle’s app is especially great now that it’s added Google Now.11: NetflixWatching movies and TV shows on your little iPhone screen is surprisingly popular.12: ShazamShazam is one of those apps. The kind of app that when the iPhone came out was just mind blowing. Your phone can figure out what’s on the radio with Shazam13: Angry Birds FreeThe most popular iPhone game of all time. Of course a free version is going to be downloaded a lot.14: Draw Something freeThis is one of the all-time most popular apps in the free, paid, and (we assume) top-grossing category. It was the hottest mobile game for a while.15: FlashlightApple should make this a default feature on the iPhone since the flash in the back of the phone is a perfect flashlight. It didn’t, though, thus the popularity of this app.16: Facebook MessengerA free alternative to text messaging using Facebook’s platform.17: Google EarthThe entire world in your pocket, what’s not to like?18: Fruit Ninja FreeFruit Ninja is the second-most popular paid app of all time, so it makes sense that the free version is popular.19: iHeartRadioThis is a Pandora-like music application.20: Movies by FlixsterThe most popular app for movie times, reviews, and trailers.21: BumpThis app lets you bump your iPhone with another person’s iPhone and exchange files, photos, and other stuff.22: eBayThe eBay app is a really great way to track auctions and search the site. In many ways, it’s superior to eBay’s website.23: Pac-Man litePeople love getting retro games for free on the iPhone24: GrouponGroupon’s daily deals app was downloaded by millions of people looking for good prices in their neighborhood. Groupon’s stock has been crushed, and its CEO was ousted, but at least it has a strong base of mobile users25: Google MapsThis app just came out last year and it’s already one of the most popular. This tells you what people really think about Apple maps. They’re looking for a replacement.Read: 12 ways iTunes has ruined your music forever > Read: How to make your iPhone last for years >last_img read more