Karunanidhi’s last journey begins

first_imgChennai, Aug 8 (PTI) Amid cries of people hailing him as “Thalaivar,” (leader), DMK president M Karunanidhi’s last journey began today with thousands of people paying their last respects. Heart-rendering slogans like ‘Kalaignar pugazh vazhga vazhgavey’ (long live the glory of Karunanidhi) rent the air as tri-service personnel lifted the glass casketcontaining the mortal remains and walked up to the decked up military hearse. Sobbing family members, including the late leader’s sons M K Stalin and Tamizharasu, followed them. The hearse inched its way to the Marina beach about 1.7 km from Rajaji Hall with thousands of people lining up on the roads to catch a last glimpse of the departed leader. Hundreds of people sporting black shirts and carrying pictures and banners of the late leader followed the hearse.Karunanidhi’s body was draped in the national tri-colour with his trademark black glasses, yellow shawl, white shirt and dhothi on.Earlier, a galaxy of political leaders led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi paid their last respects to the departed leader.The mortal remains of Karunanidhi will be lowered into the burial pit behind the samadhi of his mentor and DMK founder C N Annadurai at Marina beach with full statehonours. PTI VGN BN TVSTVSlast_img read more

Australia sees the fruits of its sporting success dry up in an arid desert

first_img Pinterest Read more Support The Guardian Is it all a mirage? Administrators and players alike will tell you the country’s sporting culture is in crisis. And we are not just talking sandpapergate, or Israel Folau’s latest Instapreach. National teams have been underperforming for years. Olympic medal stocks have plummeted.It is 20 years since Australia achieved their unprecedented personal superslam, winning the cricket and rugby world cups, the Tri Nations rugby league, the Davis Cup, the netball world championships and the Hockey Champions Trophy. They followed it up with the unforgettable glory of the 2000 Sydney Olympics, launching a generation of icons from Cathy Freeman to Ian Thorpe. Photograph: Chesnot/Getty Images Europe … we have a small favour to ask. More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many new organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.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 need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Share via Email Share on Twitter Share on Messenger Sign up to The Recap, our weekly email of editors’ picks. Hide Israel Folau has broken the spirits of many children who once idolised him Erik Denison Facebook But the reality is more complex. Last year the government released its Sport 2030 plan, acknowledging the health challenges faced by its increasingly sedentary population. A country once considered a decade or more ahead of the rest of the world in terms of its attitudes to sport is now trying something new. Recalibrating its priorities, it is diverting its attention from elite success to inclusive grassroots programmes – everything from non-competitive lacrosse to holistic ice-skating to barefoot lawn bowls.Recent figures are encouraging. Research released last month showed that overall levels of participation in sport and exercise are up by 3% from 2017. Meanwhile Australian rules football’s launch of a televised national women’s league has inspired a huge increase in young girls taking up the sport. And while it is not immune to criticism, the sport has demonstrated a thoughtful approach to coaching its female recruits, with national club guidelines that offer practical advice on relationship and social factors in girls’ sport – from the importance of showing empathy to choosing the right kit. Share on Facebook Twitter: follow us at @guardian_sportFacebook: like our football and sport pagesInstagram: our favourite photos, films and storiesYouTube: subscribe to our football and sport channels To outsiders Australia presents as a sports-mad country, one where balls are being endlessly thrown, booted and thwacked, where you learn to swim in utero and are handed your first boogie board as soon as you can crawl on to it. Four decades of travelling here to visit family and friends have never altered that impression.For a sports lover Australia looks pretty much like heaven. There are few places left in the earthly realms, after all, where you can stumble across so much live sporting action – from rugby to soccer, netball to cycling – on free-to-air channels. Or where – during Big Bash season, at least – cricket becomes part of a family’s evening ritual, flung on the TV for the kids while dinner’s cooking. Twitter You notice many curious things as you fly across Australia. It is not just the size of this barely inhabited continent that the mind struggles to compute. As you stare from a tiny plane window, on to a landscape that could easily double for Mars or Jupiter, it is always a surprise to see just how much is happening across this alien interior. Salt lakes the size of inland seas pockmark the landscape like lunar craters (or particularly hazardous golf bunkers). Giant rock ranges crinkle the brown earth for hundreds of miles at a stretch.There are other shapes you notice from the air too, when you finally reach the populated areas by the coast. Ovals, everywhere. The symmetrical shapes leap out at you, dotted across the landscape, perfectly formed oases of green amid the roofs of Monopoly bungalows. There are rectangles, too, their boundary lines so crisply marked they are easily readable from 15,000ft, a geometry test sketched out in blue and white. Football pitches, cricket grounds, tennis courts. Recreational facilities as far as the eye can see.On a month-long trip, taking me thousands of miles back and forth across the country, I cannot help but find their regular presence comforting. They reinforce all the preconceptions that I, as a Brit, have always had of Australian culture. Notions informed by decades of Home and Away credits – surfers holding their boards in silhouette, lifesavers sprinting into the sea – not to mention endless traumatic childhood memories of men wearing gold-and-green polyester beating my teams at rugby and cricket.center_img Was this helpful? Sportblog Read more Since you’re here… But the glow of that golden age has long faded. In November 200 Olympians, Freeman included, called on their new prime minister, Scott Morrison, to restore dwindling Olympic funding. He declined. A month later Stirling Mortlock, the former Wallabies rugby captain, proclaimed “enough is enough”, decrying the “negative spiral” across all Aussie sports and homegrown coaches leaving for overseas jobs.Elite sport is not suffering in a vacuum. Further down the chain Australians have been losing their active habits, with an obesity epidemic affecting two-thirds of the adult population (only the United States and Chile have a higher rate of overweight men). The CEO of Sport Australia, Kate Palmer, recently lamented that four out of five children are failing to get the recommended one hour of physical activity a day.It is hard to believe, visiting coastal towns where tanned, honed bodies are on display at outrageously early hours, grabbing their green juice on their way to the beach. Rare is the day when I make it to a café without being overtaken by a pair of octogenarian power walkers. The pavements are lined with joggers, cyclists, skateboarders, and dripping kids in towelling ponchos, just out of the water. Topics Show Share on LinkedIn Thank you for your feedback. ‘Jesaulenko, you beauty’: sports commentator Mike Williamson dies at 90 Quick guide Follow Guardian sport on social media Captain Steve Waugh lifts the 1999 Cricket World Cup at Lord’s. Photograph: Clive, Mason/ALLSPORT It remains to be seen if Australia has chosen the right path. But either way it is a thought-provoking one, a decision that recognises how the unstoppable boom of the sports industry does not, of itself, lead to healthier lifestyles. The myth of the trickle-down economy has been busted and, as the Sport 2030 report hinted, multimillion-dollar TV rights deals have led to more time spent watching sport than taking it up.Perhaps Australia can prove, once again, to be sporting pioneers. In the meantime the image of a sports-obsessed nation that it projects to the rest of the world is only half the story – not unlike those ideas we have of its endless red desert. Share on WhatsApp Share on Pinterest Australia sport comment Reuse this contentlast_img read more

8 days agoBarcelona captain Messi quickly impressed by De Jong

first_imgBarcelona captain Messi quickly impressed by De Jongby Carlos Volcano8 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveBarcelona captain Lionel Messi has quickly been impressed by Frenkie De Jong.The Holland midfielder arrived in the summer from Ajax.Messi has been impressed and says: “For him, it was easy to adapt to the team because he came from a philosophy similar to Ajax. “He grew up with the same idea, the same way of playing. He adapts well. He likes to have the ball, make passes between the lines. “He is very complete.” About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Lane Kiffin Sends Message To Nick Saban Before National Title Game

first_imgNick Saban and Lane Kiffin talking into their headsets.TUSCALOOSA, AL – SEPTEMBER 26: Head coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide and offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin converse against the Louisiana Monroe Warhawks at Bryant-Denny Stadium on September 26, 2015 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)Former Alabama offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin has sent a message to Nick Saban and the Crimson Tide ahead of tonight’s national title game.Kiffin, who spent three seasons under Saban in Tuscaloosa, is wishing Alabama well against Clemson.The FAU head coach responded to an article from the New York Times that discussed Saban’s “rehabbing” of former college football head coaches.Kiffin is one of many notable coaches who have spent time on Alabama’s staff under Saban.The “Nick Saban Witness Protection Program,” as the Alabama offensive coordinator Mike Locksley dubbed it earlier this month, has in recent years hosted a number of doghouse-inhabiting former head coaches, including Lane Kiffin, Steve Sarkisian and even Locksley himself, who as Saban’s offensive coordinator helped make quarterback Tua Tagovailoa a Heisman Trophy finalist and fine-tuned an offense that might be the most explosive in Alabama’s history.Kiffin is thankful for his time at Alabama.“Thanks coach from all of us!!” he tweeted. “Now go win another one tonight!!”Thanks coach from all of us!! Now go win another one tonight!! #RTR. ⁦@UofAlabama⁩ ⁦@espn⁩ ⁦@nytimes⁩ https://t.co/eJi3Mh4DLi— Lane Kiffin (@Lane_Kiffin) January 7, 2019Alabama and Clemson are set to kick off at 8 p.m. E.T.The game will be on ESPN.last_img read more

Province has Agreement in Principle for Sale of Exhibition Park

first_imgThe province has an agreement in principle with Banc Properties for ownership of Exhibition Park in Halifax. “We know the park is important to the exhibitors and the public that use it and I’m happy to report that the agreement stipulates continued operation of the Exhibition Park in partnership with the Exposition Managers Society of Nova Scotia,” said Geoff MacLellan, Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal. “This is a good business opportunity – we’re moving out of the way to let the private sector take the lead.” The province consulted with the Exposition Managers Society of Nova Scotia before making a decision on proposals submitted for the property. “We have been involved in virtually every step of the way,” said Jim Gourlay, executive director of the Exposition Managers Society of Nova Scotia. “The needs and wishes of the industry were clearly understood by government and were incorporated into the criteria for the eventual sale of the facility to the private sector.” The property includes 112 acres of land and the Exhibition Park structure. While other components of the deal still need to be finalized, the negotiated price is $2.5 million, with the understanding that the new owner will assume costs of necessary renovations and repairs. The province estimates those immediate costs at $3 million. Future event bookings will be facilitated through the new owner.last_img read more

Male MPs staff are bystanders to sexual misconduct former staffer says

first_imgOTTAWA – It was 2007 and Lauren Dobson-Hughes was a young, ambitious NDP staffer on Parliament Hill when a much older MP suddenly kissed her in front of at least 20 people — and no one seemed to bat an eye.The MP, himself a New Democrat, grabbed her around the waist and dug his fingers into her body before planting his lips on hers.“He pulled in my head right to him and he gave me this giant wet kiss,” said Dobson-Hughes, who was 25 at the time and shaken by the encounter.“I went to the washroom to wash his spit that was dribbling down my cheek.”Male politicians wield enormous power on the Hill, and yet MPs and staff members alike continue to be little more than bystanders who do nothing to help create a safe workplace for female counterparts, said Dobson-Hughes, now a prominent advocate for women’s rights.“Nobody else thought it was weird,” she recalled.“You take your cues from people around you who are in positions of power, and if they don’t think that’s weird, if that didn’t even momentarily give them a second glance, then (you think), ‘Maybe the problem is me then … OK, that’s just normal.’”Sexual misconduct is nothing short of “rampant” on Parliament Hill, a place that runs on a steady supply of cheap young labour, usually female, she added.And by their very nature, political parties are built off perverse incentives to ignore or even actively bury allegations of harassment or sexual misconduct.“It is not in a party’s interest to highlight, investigate, that one of their own MPs has been accused of sexual harassment or that everybody knows this person is a sexual harasser,” she said.“It damages the party electorally, it causes a media fuss, diverts your message … staff know that. They don’t come forward.”In a voluntary survey of female MPs last month, The Canadian Press found more than half of respondents — 58 per cent — had personally been the target of one or more forms of sexual misconduct while in office, including inappropriate or unwanted remarks, gestures or text messages of a sexual nature.Thirty-eight of 89 female MPs took part in the voluntary, anonymous survey.Former interim Conservative leader Rona Ambrose and Green party Leader Elizabeth May say they worry the most for vulnerable young staffers and interns on the Hill who might resist speaking up about misconduct for fear of losing what little job security they might already have.“I think of staffers — where do they go?” Ambrose said in an interview.“My appeal to them was, ‘Come to me … please know you can come to me.’ But the truth is, would they? I don’t know.”Ambrose agreed parties are naturally inclined to protect their brands, as opposed to encouraging staff to come forward about misconduct.“Do you want to be the political staffer that comes forward to say that this particular person in this particular party is a problem?” she said. “I can see all kinds of backlash against a young woman like that … there’s even more reason to not speak out because of the whole political image issue.”May and Ambrose both say it’s high time male MPs started calling out their colleagues.“If you hear something in your caucus meetings you think is just bad form, tell your male colleagues,” May said. “Politics and power run together, which means power and politics and sex run together, and men in positions of power are going to abuse that.”For her part, Dobson-Hughes said she’s pleased veteran New Democrat MP Nathan Cullen is calling on his male counterparts to usher in a culture change and combat sexual misconduct.Cullen, elected in 2004, said he’s heard no end of stories about male instigators on the Hill.“Asking women to carry this load … while owning none of the responsibility ourselves is ridiculous and unhelpful,” he said.“People know it has been going on, we haven’t done anything about it … With some effort and with some thoughtfulness, it could become a good example of a workplace. It is not right now.”— Follow @kkirkup on Twitterlast_img read more

US Rejects Russias Claim That Turkey Smuggles Oil with ISIS

Miami – The U.S. State Department has officially rejected Russia’s claims that Turkey smuggles oil along with militants of the so-called Islamic State (ISIS).This comes after Russia’s Deputy Minister of Defense, Anatoly Antonov, accused Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and the administration of being involved in “illegal oil trade” with ISIS, according to Al Arabiya news.“The main consumer of this oil stolen from its legitimate owners Syria and Iraq is Turkey. According to available information, the highest level of the political leadership of the country, President Erdogan and his family, are involved in this criminal business,” Minister Antonov said to the press. In response to Russia’s allegations, Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said the accusations were an “emotional” reaction to the alleged downing of a Moscow warplane in Turkish airspace nearly two weeks ago.“It is not possible to explain Russia’s allegations by reason,” the Turkish Prime Minister said, adding that Russia is violating international law over the “economic sanctions” it imposed on Turkish businesses.According to the same source, Turkish President Erdogan said that although Russia is “slandering” Turkey with those serious accusations, he will refrain from retaliating to safeguard the relations between the two countries.“No one has a right to engage in slander against Turkey by saying that Turkey is buying oil from Daesh (ISIS),” Erdogan said to Turkish television during his visit to Qatar.Meanwhile, Russian Defense Minister insists “they have proof that Turkey is colluding with ISIS in its illegal oil trade, citing satellite images of oil tankers between ISIS and Turkey.The relations between Turkey and Russia have worsened since last November 24 when a fighter jet was downed by Turkey in the Hatay province for allegedly violating Turkish airspace.Moscow said that the aircraft had not left Syrian airspace and Turkey’s move against Russia was a “very serious incident”. read more

IFC Partners with Moroccos Gaia Energy to Develop Renewable Energy

By Isabella WangRabat- The International Finance Corporation (IFC) has partnered with Moroccan company Gaia Energy to develop renewable energy in Africa. The partnership will create a joint platform which will enable the development of wind power and renewable energy projects in Africa. The venture will start with a pipeline of 22 projects in 9 countries in north, west, and east Africa, which will generate more than 3 gigawatts of energy. The platform will then seek to progressively enlarge to new countries across the continent. Gaia Energy is a Moroccan renewable energy developer, currently active in 10 counties across the continent. The company’s mission is to develop and finance large scale renewable energy projects in emerging markets. Such a mission aligns with the IFC, a sister organization of the World Bank, the largest global development institution focused on the private sector of emerging markets.Moundir Zniber, founder and president of Gaia Energy, said “IFC’s expertise in financial structuring and mobilization, as well as its environmental and social safeguards ideally, complements Gaia’s tailor-made approach to develop projects in new markets. Our partnership is a key step in expanding our business in the countries where we are present, and hopefully beyond.”He continued that “IFC and Gaia share the same values and vision regarding sustainability and the importance of South/South Cooperation to build tomorrow’s Africa. Both work to power the continent through the adoption of renewable energies and sustainable development principles.”IFC InfraVentures, a $150 million global infrastructure project development fund, will fund the joint platform, advancing the World Bank Group’s efforts to increase the pipeline of bankable projects in developing countries. Further support will come from the €114 million Finland-IFC Blended Finance for Climate Program, which aims to encourage private sector financing for climate change solutions. David Donaldson, IFC head of InfraVentures for Sub-Saharan Africa stated, “Wind energy and renewable energy in general are priority areas identified in the World Bank Group’s strategy to advance climate solutions led by the private sector. IFC is pleased to partner with Gaia Energy and leverage a quality project pipeline in countries with strong wind potential.”Energy is critical to Africa’s development. Africa currently holds the largest concentration of people without electricity access: 650 million people on the continent do not have access to electricity.Increased investment in the energy sector will spur economic growth and also help close the energy deficit, a major impediment to the continent’s development. Particularly, renewable energy offers an opportunity accelerate Africa’s access to clean, affordable electricity, while also improving public health by reducing pollution levels. Renewable energy will also create an environment conducive for a burgeoning economy by creating value chains for development and job creation. read more

NFL Week 20 Elo Ratings And Playoff Odds Conference Championships

This has not been an enormously surprising NFL season. The four teams remaining in the playoffs — the Seattle Seahawks, New England Patriots, Green Bay Packers and Indianapolis Colts — were well liked by Vegas bettors before the season began. There are a couple of compelling story lines surrounding Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos. (Is Manning finished? Not necessarily. Is he a playoff choker? Not really.) But betting favorites have won six of eight playoff games so far, and the two upsets (Indianapolis over Denver last week; the Baltimore Ravens over the Pittsburgh Steelers two weeks ago) were fairly ordinary.One of the great things about being a sports fan is that you can take some pleasure either way. Upsets are fun when they happen. But when they don’t, you get to see higher-quality opponents remain in contention. The joy football fans might take from the remainder of this NFL season is tilted toward the latter: We should have two compelling conference championship games this weekend, and they ought to produce a compelling Super Bowl.In fact, the four remaining teams rank Nos. 1 through 4 in FiveThirtyEight’s NFL Elo Ratings. The Colts were ranked No. 7 last week, but their big win over the Broncos was enough to vault them into the fourth position.None of the remaining teams is a slouch. And one has a chance to finish among the best NFL teams of all-time.The Elo ratings have a bird crush on the Seahawks. Only four previous teams (the 2004 and 2007 Patriots, the 1997 Packers and the 1983 Washington Redskins) have entered the conference championship game with a higher Elo rating.So, is this the best conference championship field of all time? No, that’s getting a little carried away. But it’s well above average. Based on the average Elo rating of the four conference championship teams, it ranks seventh among the 45 seasons since the AFL-NFL merger in 1970. We’ve seen a shift away from the parity of the late 1980s and 1990s toward more dominant franchises.Seattle remains the Elo favorite to win the Super Bowl — as it was at the start of the season. Its chances of a repeat are up to 45 percent — not quite even money, but close — followed by the Patriots at 30 percent and the Packers and Colts at 12 percent each.These probabilities are almost identical to those established by betting markets. Accordingly, the point spreads that Elo sets for the conference championship games — Elo has had a pretty good year against Vegas, but we don’t recommend that you bet on these — are largely in line with the gambling consensus:Elo has Seattle favored by a touchdown over Green Bay, just as prevailing betting lines do. This is a bit surprising given how much Elo likes the Seahawks and how it’s been comparatively down on Green Bay. But Elo does not consider that the Seahawks may have an especially large home-field advantage.In the AFC Championship game, Elo favors the Patriots by five points — consensus betting lines have New England as 6.5-point favorites instead. That’s a marginal difference. And as I’ve said, we wouldn’t recommend placing bets based on Elo ratings, especially given that it’s been unwise historically to wager against Bill Belichick and the Pats. read more

HANDBALL WORLD UNITED Over 171000 votes for the biggest stars

← Previous Story TOP 5 HANDBALL PLAYERS IN 2014 Next Story → WORLD HANDBALL TEAM 2014 – Best 8 Here is the explanation of the Voting process for the WORLD HANDBALL PLAYER 2014. Handball-Planet.com made the Jury consisted of the handball specialists from 24 countries (most of the Europe, Brazil, Qatar, Japan, etc), while the last member were the visitors of our website (171.050 votes). Journalist voted for their favorites by giving them 3, 2 and 1 vote/point (MVP received 5 points), while the fans’ opinion was calculated different with 10, 7, 4 and 1 vote/point per position.The two players with the biggest support of the fans have got 15 and 12 points – They are Spanish goalkeeper from RK Vardar, Arpad Šterbik (12.817 votes) and his Danish colleague from RNL, Niklas Landin (10,688).WORLD BEST PLAYER 2014 – LEFT WINGTimur Dibirov(38%, 8,862 Votes) – 10Anders Eggert(30%, 7,154 Votes) – 7Uwe Gensheimer (17%, 3,890 Votes) – 4Gudjon Valur Sigurdsson(15%, 3,559 Votes) – 1Total Voters:23,465WORLD HANDBALL PLAYER 2014 – LEFT BACKMikkel Hansen(41%, 9,001 Votes) – 10Momir Ilić (37%, 8,253 Votes) – 7Serhei Rutenka(14%, 3,173 Votes) – 4Filip Jicha(8%, 1,710 Votes) – 1Total Voters:22,137WORLD HANDBALL PLAYER 2014 – PLAYMAKERNikola Karabatic(39%, 6,885 Votes) – 10Aron Palmarsson(28%, 4,949 Votes) – 7Domagoj Duvnjak (25%, 4,434 Votes) – 4Joan Canellas(8%, 1,400 Votes) – 1Total Voters:17,668WORLD HANDBALL PLAYER 2014 – RIGHT BACKKiril Lazarov (46%, 9,523 Votes) – 10Laszlo Nagy(39%, 7,961 Votes) – 7Marko Vujin(11%, 2,159 Votes) – 4Renato Vugrinec(4%, 884 Votes) – 1Total Voters:20,527WORLD BEST PLAYER 2014 – RIGHT WINGLasse Svan Hansen(36%, 6,547 Votes) – 10Luc Abalo(28%, 5,145 Votes) – 7Dragan Gajic (21%, 3,791 Votes) – 4Victor Tomas(15%, 2,892 Votes) – 1Total Voters:18,375 WORLD HANDBALL PLAYER 2014 – LINE PLAYERRenato Sulić(40%, 8,654 Votes) – 10Julen Aguinagalde(29%, 6,289 Votes) – 7Bjarte Myrhol (21%, 4,508 Votes) – 4Cedric Sorhaindo(10%, 2,204 Votes) – 1Total Voters:21,655WORLD HANDBALL PLAYER 2014 – GOALKEEPERSArpad Sterbik(47%, 12,817 Votes) – 15Niklas Landin(39%, 10,688 Votes) – 12Mattias Andersson (8%, 2,270 Votes) – 4Thierry Omeyer(6%, 1,501 Votes) – 1Total Voters:27,276WORLD HANDBALL PLAYER 2014 – DEFENSIVE PLAYERGedeon Guardiola(34%, 6,681 Votes) – 10Timuszin Schuch(30%, 5,941 Votes) – 7Tobbias Karlsson(25%, 5,013 Votes) – 4Viran Morros (11%, 2,265 Votes) – 1Total Voters:19,900JURY MEMBERS:Bjorn Pazen (Handball Woche, Germany)Goran Antevski (Sportmedia.mk, Macedonia)Peter Zalokar (Delo, Slovenia)Bent Svele (TV 2, Norway)Jozsef Simon (Nemzeti Sport, Hungary)Wojciech Osinski (Przegladsportowy.pl, Poland)Patrick Andersson (Hbold.dk, Denmark)Dražen Pinević (Sportske Novosti, Croatia)Jasmin Tajić (Sport Centar, Bosnia and Herzegovina)Jorge Dargel (MARCA, Spain)Tom O Brannagain (EHF TV, Ireland)Nicholas Chardon (Handnews.fr, France)Luca Zadra (Pallamano Italia, Italy)Yuki Hattori (Japanese Handball Magazine, Japan)Sergey Novikov (Pressball.by, Belarus)Johan Flinck (Aftonbladet, Sweden)Hans Hugentobler (Handballworld.ch, Switzerland)Rui Guimaraes (O Jogo, Portugal)Hernan De Lorenzi (Handball De Primera, Argentina)Marian Ursescu (GAZETA SPORTURILOR, Romania)Blilel Alouini (Al Jazeera, Qatar)Torsteinn Haukur Hardason (Sport.is, Iceland)Thierry Gozzer (Globoesporte.com, Brazil)Života Bogdanović (Balkan-handball.com, Serbia) read more

Open Letter Dear Union of Students in Ireland please stop belittling our

first_imgLast night, the Union of Students in Ireland (USI) said that Irish Water could have saved some of the €20,000 spent on its logo and related branding by using a “cost effective micro-job website to pay an online seller to create a logo” instead of employing professional graphic designers to do the job. The USI contacted such a website, which created an ‘Irish Water’ logo at a cost $5. You can see that logo here. (Note: Irish Water’s €20,000 spend included complete branding for all sections of the semi-state company, not just the logo).Here, two Visual Communication students question why the USI appears to be undervaluing the profession they are studying to enter.TO THE PRESIDENT of the Union of Students in Ireland.We are writing to you on behalf of the students from the B.A. Design (Visual Communication) degree course at the School of Art, Design and printing, DIT. We would like to comment on your proposal offering an alternative logo for Irish Water, that appeared on TheJournal.ie last night.Unfortunately, we feel that your proposal shows a lack of clarity around the issue of who you are representing as the ‘Union of Students in Ireland’. Our colleagues have spent four to five years of full-time study to reach the professional standard required for best practice in visual communication today. We are educated in the process and value of branding and identity. Considering USI “is the sole national representative organisation for over 250,000 students”, can we ask why do you not represent us—instead choosing to undermine the profession for which we are now studying?Your response to the current debate around the value and status of the design profession in Ireland represents the kind of cheap race to the bottom that undercuts the value and worth of good design. It not only demonstrates a lack of familiarity on your part as to what is involved in the process of design but, much more alarmingly, it exposes a lack of awareness as to the breadth of courses whose students you represent. Your proposal of last night threatens to belittle our degree and our profession, and has the very real and damaging effect of sabotaging our worth. This is absolutely unacceptable.We would like to ask: what was the motive behind this proposal? From our point of view, it is an unintelligible attempt to exercise expertise in a professional field in which you are not educated. Furthermore, it appears to be nothing more than a weak attempt for you to gain popularity in social media.We demand to know why you acted as you did, and to what end? More importantly, we would like to know why the Union of Students in Ireland does not value our degree?We are taking further action in forwarding this message publicly, as we believe that this is a dangerous and damaging attitude from the people who are supposed to be representing our education.Furthermore, we wish to put forward this question to the students of all other degrees which USI supposedly represents: Does USI really value your worth?Sincerely,Emma Grattan & Derek DoyleStudent class representativesB.A Design (Visual Communication)PLEASE NOTE: Following the publishing of this open letter, the USI met with Emma Grattan and Derek Doyle to discuss the issues raised. The union has released the following apology to Irish designers… (12/02/2014)An Apology to Irish Design Students and DesignersWe sent a release to TheJournal.ie two weeks ago seeking to highlight waste in public spending. Regretfully, we offended some of our members and others in the design industry who took from the release that we did not value design. This was never our intention, we fully admit that we messed up and did some of our members a disservice. We see now how our release served to devalue the Irish design industry, and for that we are truly sorry.Last week we met with two design students Derek Doyle and Emma Grattan (the writers of Open Letter to USI on TheJournal.ie) along with several other design students in DIT, and discussed the matter with them openly and transparently. We apologise for undermining the hugely valuable design industry in Ireland. Our sole focus is on representing students and bettering the overall student experience, and in this instance, we didn’t do ourselves or our members justice.We want to stress that USI knows how enormously valuable design is as a profession and a discipline. Irish industry and industry worldwide relies on brilliant Irish designers educated in our colleges, and we’re proud to have them as members.We know from our own experience that Irish designers offer great value and their work brings enormous benefits to our work – grabbing people’s attention, making our campaigns more effective and helping us work for students of all disciplines. We also know that these benefits cannot be purchased speculatively from a website.We’re really sorry we created the impression we don’t value design or designers – we do and will continue to do so. Follow on Twitter: Emma @emma_grattan and Derek @derekdoyle90Read: Irish students have some advice for Irish WaterRead: Irish designer selected to display work at David Bowie exhibitionlast_img read more

Les 8 actus sciences que vous devez connaître ce 28 mars

first_imgLes 8 actus sciences que vous devez connaître ce 28 marsDe nouvelles ourses dans les Pyrénées, la découverte inattendue d’une momie et une dégradation des sols qui inquiète, voici votre concentré d’actualités scientifiques pour ce 28 mars. – La Station spatiale chinoise Tiangong-1 devrait revenir sur Terre cette semaine. La meilleure prédiction table désormais sur le 1er avril. En revanche, on ignore toujours où le module spatial de 8 tonnes va faire son retour. La fenêtre est comprise entre les latitudes de 43° Nord et 43° Sud mais les risques que les débris de Tiangong-1 tombent dans une zone habitée sont infimes.- Une nouvelle arme pour protéger la Grande barrière de corail du blanchissement. Des chercheurs ont mis au point un film protecteur anti-solaire pour le corail. Plus fin qu’un cheveu, il est conçu pour flotter sur l’eau et diminuer la lumière solaire qui la traverse. Testé sur sept espèces différentes de coraux, le film a réussi à réduire leur blanchissement.- De nouvelles ourses fouleront bientôt les Pyrénées. Nicolas Hulot, ministre de la Transition écologique a annoncé son intention de réintroduire à l’automne deux femelles dans cette région où seuls deux mâles sont aujourd’hui répertoriés. L’opération est inédite depuis 12 ans mais elle n’a pas manqué de réveiller les critiques des opposants à cette réintroduction. – Une momie surprend des scientifiques en Australie. En examinant un sarcophage récupéré il y a 150 ans, ils ont constaté qu’il n’était pas vide comme on le pensait jusqu’ici. Ils ont révélé les restes d’un humain âgé d’une trentaine d’années. Les hiéroglyphes découverts suggèrent qu’il s’agit d’une prêtresse qui aurait vécu il y a 2.500 ans.- “Mad” Mike Hughes, l’Américain qui veut démontrer que la Terre est plate, a finalement pris son envol. Il s’est envolé à bord de sa fusée home-made depuis le désert de Mojave en Californie. Mais l’engin n’est pas allé très loin. Après avoir atteint 570 mètres d’altitude, le pilote de 61 ans a dû déclencher ses parachutes et a fini par se blesser légèrement en atterrissant. Mais Mad Mike ne compte pas en rester là pour démontrer sa théorie.  À lire aussiDonald Trump, AVC et “l’Age de glace”, les actus sciences que vous devez connaître ce 27 août- Il y a 200.000 ans, des lions presque aussi grands que des humains évoluaient au Kenya. C’est ce qu’ont annoncé des chercheurs après avoir découvert le crâne d’un de ces félins. Le fossile était 20% plus grand que le plus grand crâne de lion qu’ils n’avaient jamais vu. Les spécialistes pensent que cette grande taille pourrait s’expliquer par la présence d’autres grandes créatures qui leur servaient de proies. – La dégradation des sols de la planète inquiète. Selon une étude mondiale publiée lundi, le phénomène aurait atteint un niveau “critique”. 87% des zones humides notamment auraient disparu depuis le début de l’ère moderne, principalement en raison des activités humaines. Cette dégradation menacerait désormais 3,2 milliards de personnes mais aussi les écosystèmes et la biodiversité.- L’électrosensibilité serait bien associée à des symptômes réels. L’Anses vient de rendre un rapport reconnaissant les douleurs et souffrances vécues par les personnes se disant électrosensibles. Toutefois, leur origine reste inexpliquée. Dans son rapport, l’agence conclut qu’aucune preuve expérimentale solide ne permet d’établir un lien de causalité entre l’exposition aux champs électromagnétiques et les symptômes décrits.   Le 28 mars 2018 à 00:15 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

15 Injured Some Critically After 2 Men Set Off Bomb At Ontario

first_imgMark Blinch/ReutersA police officer walks in front of Bombay Bhel restaurant early Friday, where two unidentified men set off a bomb Thursday night in Mississauga, Ontario.Several people were injured, a few critically, after two men set off a bomb inside an Indian restaurant near Toronto.The Peel Regional Police said they received a call at 10:32 p.m. ET after two men detonated an improvised explosive device inside the Bombay Bhel restaurant in the city of Mississauga.Police said the two suspects fled the scene immediately afterward. The Peel police released a security camera photo showing two men wearing hooded sweatshirts with their faces obscured walking through a doorway.2 suspects attended the scene, detonated an Improvised Explosive Device within the restaurant. Several injured were taken to local hospital and 3 in critical condition were taken to a Toronto Trauma Centre. pic.twitter.com/yzCT59UVN6— Peel Regional Police (@PeelPoliceMedia) May 25, 2018The Peel Regional Paramedic Service said 15 people were taken to a hospital, including three with “critical blast injuries” who were taken to trauma centers.The bombing comes just over a month after a driver plowed a van into a crowd of pedestrians on a busy Toronto street, killing 10 and injuring 15.Mississauga is a city on Lake Ontario and is Canada’s sixth-largest city.Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. Sharelast_img read more

The Whole Tooth about The Real Meaning of Shark Week

first_img Share This week, Discovery celebrates the 30th anniversary of Shark Week. Do you understand what that means? Nothing! Absolutely nothing!Well, not nothing. It means that if you are under 30, Shark Week has existed since before you were born. You have never not known Shark Week! On the day you were born, someone could have said, “Boy, I’m really looking forward to Shark Week next year.” And the other person would hopefully have squinted and said, “Are you?”It hasn’t always been quite the phenomenon it is now. Perhaps Shark Week reached full maturation in November, 2006 when Tracy Jordan, played on 30 Rock by Tracy Morgan, gave Kenneth the page these words of advice: “Live every week like it’s Shark Week.” If you care to use the search engine of your choice, you will find that there is abundant bootleg merchandise carrying this very slogan, ripping off both 30 Rock and Shark Week simultaneously.Since then, Shark Week has been ubiquitous. How much so? It even came up in an interview with Stormy Daniels that aired earlier this year on 60 Minutes.The saga continues. This year, Discovery is airing specials including Alien Sharks: Greatest Hits, Cuba’s Secret Shark Lair, Guy Fieri’s Feeding Frenzy, Shark Tank Meets Shark Week, Sharkwrecked, Great White Shark Babies, Sharks Gone Wild, and my personal favorite — an adaptation of an existing Discovery property — Naked and Afraid of Sharks. Shark Week is now fully exploiting every other cliche in reality/unscripted television: celebrities, food shows, baby animals, nudity, brand extensions … this thing is a machine. They’re even revisiting their disastrous Megalodon special from 2013, which made fiction look like science to the point where the entire network’s credibility — and yes, it originally had quite a bit of credibility — was damaged.And what, after all, is more fundamental to the culture of our collective moment than getting more attention for wallowing in your worst decisions?This year, you can get a plethora of shark tie-in products that allow you to advertise a cable programming event yourself! You can build a shark at Build-A-Bear workshop, buy Shark Week neckties, or eat some Swedish Fish out of a Shark Week bag!Look: The phenomenon of Shark Week is, at a fundamental level, very … weird. (That’s a highly technical term from the TV industry.) It began as a Discovery Channel marketing flourish — a way to draw viewers over the summer by yelling BOO! about beaches and oceans using the power of science. They’ve also used it in the past to encourage conservation and to highlight the problems that shark populations face, and they still say they do, to a degree. But that’s not why there’s a special this year called Sharkcam Stakeout. Sharks represent an example of a common fear that, while real, is wildly unlikely to ever affect an individual person. You couldn’t attract big audiences with the thrills of Diabetes Week or Car Accident Week. The dangers of sharks bring to mind exactly the menace and exactly the distance that this kind of exploitation requires. It’s right in the pocket: it’s exciting, but the odds are very small that this is how you’re going to die. Try that with Increasingly Unstable Weather Patterns Week.But at some point, Shark Week began to be treated like a real point in time, like Flag Day or October. It’s spread beyond Discovery. Now we also have a Sharknado movie every summer. (The Last Sharknado: It’s About Time premieres on August 19, and it involves time travel.) (I know. Believe me, I know.) Nat Geo Wild — which didn’t even exist when Shark Week was invented — now runs the very similar competing “Sharkfest,” which will be two weeks long this year and is already underway. (Offerings include Shark vs. Tuna, The Whale That Ate Jaws: New Evidence, and Shark Kill Zone.)This must stop. Shark Week is not Earth Day. It’s not even as charming as Valentine’s Day, and Valentine’s Day is a scam! At least other invented holidays are invented for the purposes of getting you to buy gifts. Shark Week is just there to make you watch Shark Week.There’s a lot of science on television — public television, especially. There are a lot of wild animals on television, too. But when Shark Week is holding a crossover with Shark Tank simply because they both have “Shark” in the title, and when they’re making Naked and Afraid of Sharks just for the guffaw you get when you read the title out loud (just did it; just got one), you’ve gotten pretty far afield from science and conservation. The key is not to live every week like it’s Shark Week. The key is to live Shark Week like it’s any other week. Because it is.Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.last_img read more

Tunisian recovery efforts have UNWTO support

first_imgTunisia is a leading tourism destination: UNWTO boss Taleb Rifai Source = e-Travel Blackboard: M.H The United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) has backed a plan by the Ministry of Tourism of Tunisia to revive the nation’s struggling tourism industry, following a recent visit to the country by UNWTO Secretary-General Taleb Rifai. During his visit, Mr Rifai held discussions with Interim President Fouad Mebazaa and the Minister of Tourism Mehdi Houas, addressing such issues as travel advisories, public and private partnerships, and the latest tourism advertising campaign. “Tourism is not in crisis in Tunisia, rather it is living the natural impact of the significant changes that have occurred in the country,” Mr Rifai said in a joint press conference with Mr Houas. Expressing his full support for the sector, Mr Rifai said it was now time to “show the world the real situation of Tunisia”, adding the country was “ready to receive its visitors”. “The new environment … can create new open and transparent conditions for investment in tourism, namely foreign investment, and unlock significant local business potential,” the UNWTO boss said, warning against short term recovery measures such as lowering prices. The Tunisian ‘Recovery Plan’ comes at a time when tourist arrivals into the country continue to decline, with the first quarter of 2011 recording a 44 per cent year-on-year decrease in international visitor numbers. The tourism industry in Tunisia accounts for 6.5 per cent of the country’s GDP, providing for some 450,000 jobs.Tunisia recorded some 7 million international visitors in 2010.last_img read more

Workers stage second impromptu strike at port updated

first_imgAround 80 workers at the Eurogate Container Terminal at Limassol port who went on an impromptu work stoppage on Thursday morning went back to work some five hours later after reassurances there would be progress in negotiations with their employer concerning their collective agreement.The work stoppage by members of trade unions who are involved in negotia-tions for the collective agreement with the company’s management started at 6.30am.Among the problems that led to the strike were reportedly delays to the proce-dure but also safety issues in the workplace.The work stoppage ended after union reps received written reassurances from the company concerning the negotiations for the collective agreement.This is the second work stoppage at the port this week.On Wednesday, workers from P&O Maritime Cyprus stopped working between 3pm and 5pm, saying their working conditions are difficult, and that they work long hours and shifts.Their unions had said that there has been no change in working conditions de-spite four-month long efforts to reach an agreement.That strike ended when the labour ministry mediated with the unions and decid-ed to find an interim solution to their problems by Monday.You May LikeUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementAdd This One Thing To Your Dog’s Food To Help Them Be HealthierUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementUndoAngels And EntrepreneursRobert Herjavec Announce Venture Could Make You RichAngels And EntrepreneursUndoDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndo Turkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoConcern over falling tourism numbersUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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