Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president There was no hint of anxiousness in Rice despite being limited to a spectator on the bench due to foul trouble with Ginebra primed for one last run.Rice’s cool demeanor isn’t because of complacency, but rather of confidence that his teammates will get the job done.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“I wasn’t really worried because I believe in the guys and I know they could take it from there,” Rice told reporters after TNT overcame his foul woes and Ginebra’s repeated rallies for a 103-96 win at Batangas City Coliseum Wednesday night.“Of course, you don’t wanna be on the bench but I wasn’t that nervous at all. We got a lot of great players so I wasn’t really that worried at all.” Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients LATEST STORIES Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH True enough, the locals stepped up in the absence of Rice, who missed the entire third quarter after being called for his fourth foul with still three minutes left in the first half.Jayson Castro, Troy Rosario and Roger Pogoy carried much of the scoring load in the third period. The star guard fired 11 of his 20 points in the third alone.“I think it backfired-putting Glen into foul trouble early because the locals played well together which gave Rice the whole third to rest. He came out fresh in the fourth,” said TNT coach Nash Racela.The 26-year-old Rice was rejuvenated at the start of the fourth quarter. He made up for lost time and scored 12 of his team-high 21 points in the first seven minutes of the final frame until he committed his fifth foul.“I didn’t play in the third so I had the opportunity to come out there a little fresher. Like it or not, I got into foul trouble so early in the game. But it was what it was,” said Rice, who was selected late in the second round by the Philadelphia 76ers in the 2013 NBA Draft.ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles05:04Senators cry foul over blog posts branding them as ‘Palace dogs’01:22Trump launches tirade against anthem protesters01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PBA IMAGESGlen Rice Jr. bobbed his head and bust out some dance moves as loudspeakers blared hip-hop music throughout the arena during a timeout late in the fourth quarter.Rice had just picked up his fifth foul at the 4:58 mark of the fourth quarter with TNT protecting a 95-83 lead against a Barangay Ginebra team capable of coming back instantly in a game the KaTropa couldn’t afford to lose.ADVERTISEMENT View comments BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight MOST READ “My teammates did a great job of lifting us up. And when I came in the fourth, we were already winning, so it made our job a lot easier.”There were a few questionable calls, but Rice said his fouls were due to his aggressiveness right from the opening tip.“I think our energy was better. We were scrambling a little more, we were a little feisty that’s why a couple of us got into foul trouble. Our energy was so high that we almost played a lttle too hard but not that smart. But it ended up good for us,” he said.The KaTropa redeemed themselves after suffering a 121-94 rout in Game 1, but after a gutsy win in Game 2, they’re confident that they can make it back-to-back.“We know what we gonna do to beat this team. We gotta play hard, we gotta have the same energy and effort that we had tonight. And I think we’ll be successful if we do that.” LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Arellano keeps Final Four hunt alive, routs St. Benilde Read Next
Murali Vijay fired an unbeaten 122 to lead India to 259-4 against England after the first day of the first test at Trent Bridge on Wednesday.Extending his fourth test century, Vijay finished a good opening day for India at the crease with captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni, who was 50 not out.James Anderson was the leading bowler for England, with 2-70. He made the only breakthrough in the first session, removing Shikhar Darwan for 12, and dismissed Cheteshwar Pujara for 38 after lunch thanks to a brilliant one-handed catch at silly mid-on by Ian Bell.Stuart Broad followed that wicket by removing Virat Kholi on 1 in the next over, and Liam Plunkett dismissed Ajinkya Rahane, who toe-ended a short ball to silly point, where England captain Alastair Cook took an impressive reaction catch.
For some, the thoughts come easily, dripping with patriotism or pure venom. For others, it needs hours of conversation for the words nation and feelings, usually buried deep or hardly ever considered, to surface. INDIA TODAY presents frank, unguarded thoughts of some of the best known-and some totally unknown- people,For some, the thoughts come easily, dripping with patriotism or pure venom. For others, it needs hours of conversation for the words nation and feelings, usually buried deep or hardly ever considered, to surface. INDIA TODAY presents frank, unguarded thoughts of some of the best known-and some totally unknown- people across the nation who make up the fabric of India. After 50 years of Independence, this is the voice of India, a reflection of who we are. It shows how far we have come. And how far we need to go.Inder Kumar GujralPrime MinisterPride in your country is something you needn’t express everyday, but it is there. Pride is abstract, it isn’t a mantra you can get up every morning and recite. I don’t agree that our young generation don’t have it. I think it is there in the twinkle in their eyes, in the pride in their work.The fact is that 50 years ago my family slept on the railway platform, and today I am prime minister. This is a combination of the Punjabi ethos of robust optimism and the Indian ethos of accommodation, adjustment and assimilation.For me, Indianness is summed up in the fact that in 1947 we imported a sewing needle, now we make everything from a sewing needle to a satellite. Jo socha na tha, vo aaj socha to hai. Jo dekha na tha, vo aaj dekha to hai.Atal Bihari VajpayeeLeader of the Opposition, former prime ministerHinduism is not equal to an Indian identity. These days, there has been a confusion about the meaning of the word ‘Hindu’. It has come to be identified with a religion. For so many centuries this was not the case. Even when a Muslim went abroad, they would call him a Hindu. It was a name given to all those people who resided this side of the Hindukush.advertisementAfter Partition, Muslims had problems adjusting. They felt that maybe by calling themselves Indian, they were endangering Islam. This confusion will last a few days. Today there is such an unfortunate situation that in Hindustan, a Muslim thinks he is in danger and, strangely enough, a Hindu also thinks he is in danger, when there is actually no danger. Politicians play on this. I am not separating myself from this. The game has started and no political party is separate from it.That’s why I prefer to use the word ‘Indian’. It’s enough if everyone here says they are Indian. I feel Indian because I feel I have, and will have, a hand in the future of this country. Gandhiji wanted to be the leader of all Hindus and Muslims.” Rajmohan GandhiGrandson of Mahatma Gandhi, policy analyst Freedom – Respect others’ freedom more than mine. MNCs – A word which provokes a negative reaction, which I certainly disagree with.Violence – Shed the notion that India is inherently a non-violent country.Charkha – A reminder that each person should be a consumer as well as a producer. Saffron – Try and return to the original purity of that colour.Pakistan – Something very important and still unfinished.Nation – Blood, soil and the right spirit.Mahatma – Extraordinary potential inside the ordinary man.Fifty – A man who should look back. He must also look forward.India – A wonderful slice of humanity.British – I think they enriched us, despite all the pain. Muslim – As heterogeneous as the Hindu. Politician – Each Indian is a politician.Jayant Rao TilakGrandson of Bal Gangadhar Tilak, politicianMany people feel India will not stay together for long. I don’t agree. We are emotionally one. There is a will to be a nation. I have seen Indian citizens giving their blood, life and land, nobody can demolish them. That’s why I feel we are not short of anything. The only thing we don’t have is discipline.Jinnah was Tilak’s disciple. Tilak worked for Hindu-Muslim unity. I think Jinnah changed later because of Gandhiji’s attitude. Gandhiji wanted to be the leader of all Hindus and Muslims and Jinnah wasn’t ready to accept that. And me? What am I if I’m not an Indian? I was born here, my heritage binds me, as does our attitude to life: Vasudeva kutumbkam, all the people of the world are one.Nusli WadiaGrandson of Mohammad Ali Jinnah, industrialistWe have been insular all these years. And to go global, we must realise that our culture must stand on its identity and its inner strengths. By inviting KFC, Coca-Cola or McDonald’s, we don’t lose our culture.I don’t think Jinnah wanted Pakistan. He was negotiating, and put in a demand for it which he never dreamt would come true. I think it was Nehru who was responsible. There was never any rivalry between Gandhi and Jinnah, but between Nehru and Jinnah.I never wanted to live in Pakistan, because I didn’t inherit Jinnah’s politics. I was brought up as a Parsi, I was brought up as an Indian. One time, because of my lineage, I was asked to join politics by Sanjay Gandhi, to exploit my grandfather and the Muslim connection. I didn’t get lured and I have no regrets.advertisementMohammad AzharuddinFormer captain, Indian cricket team, star batsmanWhen you’re playing for the country, there is no caste, creed and religion. Sports has nothing like that. You have to go out there and play for your country. And I am very hopeful that one day cricket will bring India and Pakistan together. They should come together because we share so much. The same sort of family attachment; people there are also the same. I’ve never thought of settling down in Pakistan. You can’t leave your country and go because once you are born here, you are so into the country. You can’t just say, “No, I don’t want to stay here.” I have to stay in India. I am an Indian. That’s the bottom line and nobody can change that.Sachin TendulkarCaptain, Indian cricket teamIt’s very hard to explain what sacrifice is and what we do. It happens spontaneously, you realise this particular guy is not playing for himself, it just happens. You start thinking about the team and not yourself.When you grow up in your country, the culture is automatically there within you.You don’t need to go to any special kind of classes to learn how to love your country. Nobody needs to learn this. It should be within you.Vishwanathan AnandChess wizard, master of lightning attacks and crafty defence The goodIn spite of our population, we have a pretty good democracy.People are incredibly resilient. But this is a double-edged sword since it’s clear a lot of our problems could be solved if we bothered to do something about them.We have a great heritage.Our food is fantastic.The badOne billion isn’t a great population if 300 million live like they do.I can appreciate there are a hierarchy of problems, but cleanliness doesn’t have to be at the very end.We need a stamp of approval from a foreigner before we appreciate our own heritage.I can’t get our food easily abroad.Rahul DravidFighting spirit of the Indian cricket teamI feel secure in India. At home, we take India for granted. It is on tour that I miss the familiarity of home and you realise you can only be at peace at home. So, sometimes, when I hear people talking about India, saying something incorrect, I feel it’s important to make a point to them of what we actually are. And no, I don’t need to be a Test cricketer to feel Indian.advertisementIf you get too pumped up and start saying, “I will do this for my country”, you often end up doing something stupid. But the most fantastic feeling for me is when, after a match, people sometimes say, “You made us proud.” I feel best then.Bal ThackerayShiv Sena supremo, extreme Hindu nationalistYou spit on the road. You shit on the road. And you take that as your freedom. Is that the freedom you want after 50 years? The balance sheet of the past 50 years of India is bullshit.The hi-fi society has no pride in this nation. They have no nation, no religion, no nothing. They have their own creed. It is a very costly thing for the nation, this hi-fi. Nobody bothers about this nation. It is there, so it is there.I’m going to do nothing on August 15. I’m going to sit and see if there is a breeze or not. If there is, the flag is going to fly. If not, it won’t. The country is in such a bad state, even the flag doesn’t move. And people who are so old they can’t stand are going to hoist the flag.I say this to the traitors of India: ‘Le lo, saarajahan le lo, jahannum bhi tumhara, lekin Hindustan hamara (Take it, take the whole world, even hell is all yours, but Hindustan is ours).’Syed ShahabuddinFormer diplomat and MP, promotes Muslim causesAn Indian Muslim is someone who is substantively a Muslim, but who happens to be born in India. While a Muslim Indian means somebody who is basically an Indian, who happens to profess Islam. The Indian Muslim is in the process of transition into what I hopefully call Muslim India.This has come about because of a gradual disillusionment with Pakistan. Bangladesh proved that Pakistan was not meant for the Muslims of the subcontinent. Our problem was in minority areas where we couldn’t assert ourselves, not in areas where we were in a majority and had the power anyway. So there was a basic illogic in Pakistan.There is still a section of Hindus who have not accepted the Muslim presence in India. They want to wipe us out. Thankfully, they don’t have the upper hand yet.Sam ManekshawField Marshal, 1971 hero, soldier’s soldierIndiraji once asked me after the 1971 victory, “Sam, are you planning to take over the country?” And I told her, “Indiraji, my nose may be longer than yours, but I don’t poke it into other people’s business. ” The armed forces should be away from politics.The fault in India is the Hindu religion. You have to have gods. You made Akbar a god. Later, you got the white Mughals.Then you made a god out of Gandhiji, Nehru, Indiraji, Rajivji. We put up their statues, pay homage every year. What for?It’s complete bloody nonsense that people join the Army to serve the country-like the politicians do it only for the sake of the country. We do it for our damn bread and butter. I am not saying the Indian soldier is not loyal, but he is loyal to his regiment and officers, because he knows he is being looked after. I don’t think he has the education and the information to think in terms of the country.Rang LalJawan, 28 battalion BSF, Wagah borderI just came into the BSF after I saw the wardi (uniform) . When I wear the wardi, I like it. There is too much hardship here at the Wagah border. The heat, mosquitoes in the night and 22 hours duty a day. A man can die from a bullet but to die from just doing duty day and night, there is a difference.We just keep looking at each other and carry on. It’s a strong feeling of brotherhood. The whole job is based on hope. We keep thinking, what will I get further on? It’s like a dog who keeps sucking on a bone in the hope that he’ll get some juice from it. And then he thinks he is getting the juice, when in reality it is his own saliva.Rahul BajajTycoon, voice of Indian industry Something went wrong in India. How can some stupid Englishman from some stupid little coal-producing island come thousands of miles in a sailboat and take us over? Why didn’t it happen the other way? The fact is, we lost out. We came under foreign domination, and you lose your backbone with that.Politicians say the multinational companies are on Indian soil, they employ Indians.The most important thing is the customer, so ownership is not important. I say, fine. Most of our politicians are corrupt and incompetent. And all that we want is good government. So why don’t we import the best of ministers from the West and let them rule the country?I have always been for capitalism but I liked the bipolar world. The multipolar world is just a euphemism for unipolar, dominated by America. I am a proud Indian, but I feel like a servant in this world. And I don’t like it.Mehr-Ul-HaqRickshaw-wallah, CalcuttaI come from Bihar. I think of Calcutta as another country. I don’t like it as much as Bihar. I came here to work. I think there is too much thuggery here. I like Bihar because the harvest is good.This is very hard work. There are rickshaws in Bihar, but I feel ashamed to drive them there, in front of my people. I don’t think of Hindus and Muslims as separate. All humans are equal. We all live together in the villages. We even lend each other money. Azadi doesn’t inspire me. What is azadi when man pulls man?Farooq AbdullahChief Minister, secular hope of KashmirThis whole state was earlier Hindu land. We may not accept it, but it’s history. Centuries ago, they converted to Islam because of the caste system in HinduismI have never been discriminated against personally because I am Sheikh Abdullah’s son, but Muslims are discriminated against. In Nehru’s time it was written, do not give sensitive jobs to Muslims because here we are in a majority. Distrust was born here. The discrimination at the Centre made it very difficult even for my father to defend the fact that we were part of India. This is what fundamentalists play on. This is how they breed hatred for the nation.A nation can’t be built in a single day. It takes centuries. My destiny is India. It’s with my people.Satish DhawanMember, Space Commission, believer in brain gainRight now, India is free, free to muck around. But notice that in human terms we have made tremendous advances. We are surrounded by many countries but which one would you choose to live in? Singapore? What is Singapore doing, just making money?Or Switzerland? An advanced country but where women were given the right to vote just 15 years ago. So which one would you want to be with? Indian women or Swiss banks? But India has taken steps to build equality of human beings. And that is a larger step than anything you can do in technology. Technology can be learnt. This has to be felt, lived.People are not leaving the country for the greater cause of science.They are going for the greater cause of themselves. All right, as an individual, you have one life to live. But then, don’t come back and tell me how I should run India. Come and work here. And through your work, whatever you have to say, do it.Kunjarani DeviWeightlifter, 42 international medalsPeople in Manipur used to say, lifting weights is the work of a man. They used to say, this girl wears pants, lifts weights, what will become of her? I used to get angry. I even hit some. “What is your problem?” I asked. “I’m doing it for my country.” After the medals, they don’t misbehave.Sometimes, when we go abroad for a competition, I am ashamed. We have lived like beggars, with not enough money.Once I missed a gold medal because they arranged the visas too late. I took part in a higher weight category and lifted more weights than the champion in my category; my heart really broke at that time. But then we have to do it for India. Whatever I am today is because of India.What drives me to win is that from among all the crores in India, one Kunju will go and I have to show the world what one Kunju of India can do.”It has taken the punya of seven births to be born an Indian.”Sonal MansinghOdissi dancer, 20th century DraupadiAs I grow older, the resolve within me is becoming stronger, that perhaps it has taken the punya (good deeds) of seven births to be born an Indian. And I would want at least seven more births in this land, because I still don’t know what it is. Yet it is a fantastic, mystical core.The core that we call Indianness-that which distinguishes us from the Japanese, the Chinese, the Pakistanis, everyone else-is still intact. Just like the kernel, even while the exterior shell keeps changing in shape and colour.I find this very encouraging. Nothing is lost in India.So many came and went, so many got digested, amalgamated, without even a burp. The entity called India is still here within ourselves. The elements, the remnants, and hidden streams of consciousness of thoughts, of traditions, of belief. It is all here, not lost.TabuWinner of the National Award for best actressI think among women there is some confusion about their identity. That’s probably because they haven’t had as much of a chance to express their identity as men. So they still have apprehensions. But it’s still a very nice thing because 50 years ago, they had no identity.The only identity an Indian woman had is that she is a good daughter, a good wife, a good mother.Women have followed these rules and regulations, that they should serve their husbands and in-laws.And over the years, this became the identity of Indian womanhood. Now it’s beginning to change. So it’s a good thing that people are more aware of women’s rights. And women are more aware.Amitabh BachchanSuperstar, all-time icon of Indian cinemaI am quite confident that at some point in the lives of even this present generation there will be an inner desire to want to know more-looking beyond being young and free and happy, or saying, “So what? Who cares? We are this generation.” And when that happens, you needn’t necessarily be in India.My son went to study abroad at a very young age. Whenever he wrote to us, he wrote in English, but signed in Hindi-Abhishek. It was the only Hindi he knew at that time. After a couple of years, he came back and said, “I want my flag.” I said, “Why?” He said, “I want to put it up in my room.” It is just that after a while you want your own identity.If I had to make a film about the last 50 years of India, the story would start off in a small town, Allahabad, where I was born, and trace the travel of this individual from a lower middle-class family, making his way up in this modern, upbeat, fast-moving Mumbai.Harivansh Rai BachchanFreedom fighter, revolutionised Hindi poetryOn Independence Day, in 1947, we were all at home. We hoisted the Indian flag. I asked the sweeper of the house to hoist it. I still have that flag.It’s good that we have got Independence. We have made tremendous progress. Kaifi AzmiUrdu poet, diehard socialist We sacrificed so much for our Independence. Today we need to sacrifice more to save it. Because it is harder to keep Independence in the right direction than to protect it. Fundamentalism, Hindu or Muslim, is the obstacle in our progress. All plans are stopped because of one cow or one masjid.This is the Hindustan of today.I was born in enslaved Hindustan, I am living in Independent Hindustan and I will die in a socialist Hindustan. This is not a dream. My life and poetry are tied to this. I am still walking on the same path and will die on it one day.A. RamachandranArtist, influenced by the Shantiniketan schoolIdentity starts from the grass-roots level. Today we are talking about an Indian identity in a situation where an entire generation has been brought up without any grass-roots level of understanding of this country.The Indian psyche is different, you can see it in our visual culture. It’s never been bound by nature. It has created its own gods, its own proportions. It has a fertile imagination, it accommodates everything.Remo FernandesMusician-singer, anti-drug, anti-AIDS activistWhen I am in India, I think how Goan I am. When I go abroad, I think how Indian I am.Being Indian means belonging to a country with a fabulous past, a great future and a lousy present.India is like a large Om. It contains everything. To keep down a country which is so rich in natural resources and human resources has taken a superhuman effort on the part of the Indian politician. But India is resilient. You take one little piece out of a well-structured society or building, and the whole thing collapses. Here, the building is put together with string, bamboo and stone. So even if you take one thing away, it will still be there, held together with that little bit of string.Charles CorreaArchitect with a visionToday, wehave all these overlays. The first overlay of Hinduism, Buddhism, Islam, British and even many layers before that. It’s what you call apalimpsest. You know its layers of transparency. You push a pin throughthat. Each one of us is like a pin which goes in at different places and finds different layers in different proportions. And that defines youridentity. So it’s so stupid to deny a layer. Just because I’m not aMuslim or a Hindu or a Christian, it doesn’t mean I haven’t beeninfluenced by these great value systems and paradigms.Mani RatnamFilm director, entertainer with a causeListen, if the TV comes into your home, it will not take your grandmother out of the house. This 200 years of western influence cannot destroy what is 5,000 years old.There is no need to feel insecure about Indianness. If you have it, and love it, you will not lose it. This feeling of belonging is like belonging to a home. To feel patriotism for your country is like caring for someone you love.Pradeep LalBusinessman, wheelchair-tennis playerIbelieve in the maximum use of minimum resources. It is what I have to do in my situation. There are no provisions made for us in this country.Most of the disabled people who, like me, don’t have cars, don’t comeout. They sit in their houses, worrying about how they will go out. As a result, the leaders are totally insensitive to us. Disabled people areirrelevant to politicians because their votes don’t count, since most of them can’t make it to the polling booths.Abroad, the facilities arefantastic. You can do all the normal things. While I was in Japan, Ifelt like throwing away my passport and keep on staying in Japan. Butyou can’t stay anywhere for long. In the West, they can give youeverything materially, but there are no ties, no bond.Aparna SenActress, director, editorWe are still not aggressive about ourselves-we still find it hard to sell ourselves, it’s the done thing in the West, to tell others how good you are. There is still a certain humility in an Indian.India exists in several time-frames at the same time. Parts of India exist in the 18th century and parts in the 21st century. In parts of India, you feel like part of a global village, and in other parts, you feel like you are as far apart as Mars. But in all parts of India there is an Indianness. I am a minuscule part of everything India is. And wherever I go I take that part with me.Ranjeet SinghJathedar, Akal Takht, TADA detainee for 11 yearsI am an Indian because our ancestors and we have sacrificed a lot forthis country. No other state has contributed as much to India as Punjab. And we are very proud of it.We think religion and politics are one. Not like the politicians who take an oath to God to serve the country, then say religion is separate from politics and loot the country.If hedoesn’t have religion, whom will he fear? There is one flaw in us.We no longer have the values that should be there in a Sikh-to always helpothers. I feel bad about the damage done to Hindus. How can we beenemies of Hindus when our Guru sacrificed his head for theirwell-being?But the Government also needs to make us feel that it is ourcountry too. It doesn’t feel like this right now. The Golden Templebelongs as much to you as it does to me.Father Arnaut PintoRector, Basilica of Bom Jesus, GoaEach country and culture has its genius. But however much I like the French or the Portuguese, I am not French, or Portuguese. I am born in India. I have an identity of my own.Freedom is important, but when understood properly. There is no use of Independence if I’m dying of hunger.India is not free.Two-thirds of our people are below the poverty line. There is corruption in our country, injustice, bonded labour of our children. Where are our politicians? What are they doing? Politicians distort religious values to get vote banks-no religion teaches hatred. This causes tremendous sorrow to my soul. The country is a gift of God. It doesn’t belong to this or that individual. I pray for India.Mahasweta DeviAuthor, tireless supporter of tribal causesI am an Indian. Why should I define it? I’ve been to many countries butevery time, I want to come back even though many things have beenbypassed since1947. I can’t live anywhere else. I just can’t stand it. I belong to India. It’s what gives me pride. If my mother was poor,skeletal and couldn’t give me food, I would still be proud to call hermy mother. It’s like that. It’s my country. It’s my India.IbethoiNgami tribal, Loktak Lake, ManipurWhat does the Indian map look like? You’ll have to ask the children. I know that I am in Manipur. They tell me I am in India. Here, it is enough to call yourself a Meitei, that gives you an identity. I don’t know if I am an Indian, I’m not educated, so I really can’t say.But yes, I have heard of Indira Gandhi. She was our prime minister. I felt very bad when she died. Nowadays, the prime ministers change so often that I can’t remember their names.ThangarajanFisherman, 22, earns about Rs 100 a day. About to get marriedI do not know India’s boundaries, from where to where the country exists. I just go to catch fish every day. Sometimes three miles this way, andsometimes three miles the other way. Independence? I don’t know aboutit. If it is a holiday, I will drink a little more.Abdul RashidShikarawallah, Dal Lake, SrinagarWe are just caught between the guns of the security forces and the militants. We keep hearing of these talks between India and Pakistan. What are they talking about? We don’t care whether we are a part of either. A man should just be able to earn his living.Till somebody holds our hand firmly, nothing is going to change. Our community feeling is with Pakistan, but our earning is with India.
Ipoh (Malaysia), Apr 15 (PTI) The International Hockey Federation (FIH) is set to introduce drastic changes in the structure of global competitions with a new Global Hockey League (GHL) to be introduced in 2019 in place of the long-standing Champions Trophy, which will be scrapped. FIH president Leandro Negre today said the new GHL will be confined to seven teams and will be played on a home and away basis. This new GHL will take up four months of the sports international calendar from 2019, the FIH chief said. “The Global Hockey League will be a transformation for international hockey,” Negre said during the ongoing 25th Sultan Azlan Shah Cup here. The FIH has acknowledged that it needed to bring changes to the current Hockey World League, which was introduced after the 2010 Olympics. Negre said two major events, the Hockey World Leagues Semifinals and Finals would no longer feature in the calendar when the GHL takes off, but the round one and round two tournaments that provide international exposure to the lowly-ranked nations will continue to be part of the new structure. “We will also have stand-alone qualifiers for the Olympic Games and the World Cup,” Negre said, which in effect was the role being played until now by the Hockey World League Semifinals. The Champions Trophy will become a casualty of the new format. The Champions Trophy will be be confined to the history after the 2018 edition that has been allocated to Amsterdam (The Netherlands). MORE PTI Cor SSC SSC
Borussia Dortmund attacker Marco Reus has been named as the first ever EA Sports Bundesliga Player of the Month.The Germany international played four league games in September, scoring three goals and assisting three more as Dortmund took 10 points to begin their early title challenge.Reus was crowned player of the month following a fan vote, which saw six stars battle it out to receive an upgraded card in FIFA 19. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! New Borussia Monchengladbach striker Alassane Plea, Hertha Berlin’s Ondrej Duda, forwards Max Kruse and Timo Werner, as well as Gladbach winger Thorgan Hazard were all nominated for the inaugural award.A new player will be chosen each month for the rest of the season, with their upgraded version available through Squad Building Challenges (SBCs) in FIFA 19.A 🔥 September = @Bundesliga_EN #POTM for @woodyinho 👏 #FUT #FIFA19 pic.twitter.com/qE4UYh6MT4— EA SPORTS FIFA (@EASPORTSFIFA) October 19, 2018Reus’s basic card in FIFA 19 is a left midfielder, but the new version is a central attacking midfielder, which can then be converted into any central position including striker or centre forward. It has been boosted from 85 to 88 overall, with +3 increases in pace and dribbling, +4 on shooting and passing, and +6 on defending and physical attributes.The SBCs for Reus require four squads to be submitted, including an 86+ rated one, a Bundesliga one and a team requiring at least one Dortmund player. In total, three Team of the Week players must be used to complete the challenge.Overall, the challenges are estimated to cost around 450k in-game coins on Playstation and Xbox, and over 500k on PC. If this is too pricy, there is also a much simpler challenge to get a loan version of the Reus card, which can be used for 20 matches before expiring.
Mumbai, Jun 27 (PTI) With 100 days to go from tomorrow for the kick-off of the FIFA U17 World Cup, local organising committees Tournament Director, Javier Ceppi, has declared that the D Y Patil Sports Stadium in Navi Mumbai, one of the six designated venues, was almost match ready.He also said that final touches were being given to the fourth and last training site, belonging to the Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation, and would be done soon.”The work for the last training site, owned by NMMC, has picked up and is looking like it will be done soon. The stadium is almost match ready ? they are undertaking certain renovations that will make it an even better facility,” a media release quoted Ceppi as saying.”People are starting to get excited about the Tournament and ticket sales have increased steadily, so we hope that fans take full advantage of this once in a lifetime opportunity,” he added.DY Patil Cricket Ground, DY Patil Football Ground, the NMSA Football Ground and the Yashvantrao Chavan Maidan are the four training sites that will be available for training sessions for the teams that will play in Navi Mumbai, the release said.The DY Patil Sports Stadium will host the opening game and one of the semi-finals of what will be India?s first ever FIFA tournament. The venue was ratified by FIFA back in October 2016.The tournament is set to be played in India between October 6 and 28 with New Delhi, Kochi, Kolkata, Guwahati and Goa being the other cities which have been allotted matches in the mega football event. PTI SSR RMTadvertisement
TweetPinShare0 Shares NEW YORK — The New York Rangers wanted to jump right on the Pittsburgh Penguins in their playoff series opener. How about a goal at 28 seconds?Derick Brassard provided that, then Ryan McDonagh scored later in the first period. Henrik Lundqvist made the goals stand up as the Rangers shut down Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin and won 2-1 on April 16.Game 2 is in New York on April 18.Brassard got things started when Marc-Andre Fleury sent the rebound of Rick Nash’s hard slap shot directly into the slot. Brassard was uncovered for a quick wrist shot, the center screaming in delight as the puck went in.“I give a lot of credit to Rick,” Brassard said. “He didn’t shoot to score there. He shot for a rebound, he did it on purpose. It was just right there for the rebound.”As were many other shots throughout the game as Fleury made 36 saves. The Rangers couldn’t get to the loose pucks the rest of the night.But they got McDonagh’s winner on their slumping power play, which went 1 for 5.On its third of four man-advantages — and the only one that threatened — in the opening 20 minutes, McDonagh’s slapper from midpoint sneaked past Fleury.“We put a couple goals there in the first period, and got the crowd and momentum on our side,” the Rangers captain said.“You get the nerves out, you get the hits and the bumps going. I thought guys were real good with the puck today for the majority of the game.”The usually dangerous Crosby and Malkin didn’t have the puck much — Crosby had only one shot, Malkin two — and except for two strong shifts by Malkin in the third period, they were neutralized.Crosby thought the Penguins were tentative at the outset, and their inability to keep the puck also wound up costing them.“Their best defense was puck possession,” Crosby said, “and holding onto it in our end. You have to get pucks behind them and really work their D.”New York earned a fourth straight victory over the Penguins in the postseason. The Rangers won the final three games of a second-round series last year, rallying from a 3-1 deficit.In compiling the best record in the NHL, the Rangers finished 15 points ahead of Pittsburgh in the Eastern Conference.But after the first period, these were two very even teams, with Lundqvist and Fleury particularly outstanding. Lundqvist finished with 24 saves, while Fleury was far busier in making 36.Blake Comeau scored in the second period for Pittsburgh. He knocked in a rebound with congestion around Lundqvist’s crease for his first career playoff goal.That perked up the Penguins, with Malkin and Brandon Sutter getting dangerous chances, and Lundqvist flashing his right pad to thwart Maxim Lapierre.Fleury also was strong at the other end, which led to a tense, scramble third period in which the goaltenders dominated.But Fleury lamented the quick error that put his team in a hole it never climbed out of.“The rebound was not where I wanted it to be,” he said. “I wanted to get it into the corner, but that is not easy to do with a slap shot at that angle.”The last time the Rangers won the Presidents’ Trophy was also the last time they won the Stanley Cup, 1993-94, with a star-laden lineup. This group doesn’t have a Mark Messier or Brian Leetch, but it is deep and resourceful.Having made the finals before losing to Los Angeles a year ago has given the Rangers a sense of confidence they’d lacked for much of the interim. On Thursday, they showed it in particular in shutting down Crosby and Malkin.Pittsburgh, whose defense is ravaged by injuries, barely squeezed into the postseason, needing to beat lowly Buffalo on the final day.The Penguins also have the bitter memory of blowing that 3-1 lead to New York last year. That was the only playoff series in which the Rangers have beaten the Penguins.(BARRY WILNER, AP Sports Writer)
New Delhi, Aug 15 (PTI) Prime Minister Narendra Modi said today that there was a time when the northeast felt that Delhi was “distant”, but within the last four years the government had succeeded in bringing the national capital to its doorstep.The prime minister, in his Independence Day speech, also said Tripura, Meghalaya and many districts of Arunachal Pradesh have been liberated from the Armed Forces (Special Power) Act (AFSPA) due to the efforts of security forces, endeavours of state governments, and the implementation of developmental schemes by the Centre and states.Modi pointed out that several districts of Arunachal Pradesh have been freed from this act, with only a few left.The AFSPA empowers security forces to conduct operations, arrest anyone, anywhere without prior notice.Modi, in his speech, said the impression of the Northeast has changed now and it was visible with the achievements on the sports field.He said news coming from the northeast was about violence earlier, but now it was about the last village in the region being electrified, about highways, railways, airways, waterways and information ways.”Our youths from the North East are establishing BPO in their areas. The North East region has turned to be a hub of organic farming. Sports university is being set up in North East,” he said highlighting the development initiatives in the region.”There was a time when the North-East used to feel that Delhi is very distant. Within four years, we have brought Delhi to the doorsteps of North-East,” he said.advertisementModi also said that due to the efforts of the armed forces and developmental policies, left wing extremism was now restricted to 90 districts from 126 districts. PTI ASK DIP DIP
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Mandhana bags top ICC award, Harmanpreet named captain of 2018 T20I TeamSmriti Mandhan won the ICC Women’s Cricketer of the Year and the ICC Women’s ODI Player of the Year, while Harmanpreet Kaur was named captain of ICC Women’s T20I Team of the Yearadvertisement India Today Web Desk DubaiDecember 31, 2018UPDATED: December 31, 2018 20:20 IST Smriti Mandhana and Harmanpreet Kaur dominated the ICC end of the year awards (@IPL Photo)HIGHLIGHTSSmriti Mandhana won the Rachael Heyhoe Flint Award for the ICC Women’s Cricketer of the YearMandhana was also named as the ICC Women’s ODI Player of the Year 2018Harmanpreet Kaur was named captain of ICC Women’s T20I Team of the YearSmriti Mandhana won the Rachael Heyhoe Flint Award for the ICC Women’s Cricketer of the Year and also been named as the ICC Women’s ODI Player of the Year on MondayMandhana played a crucial role in India’s semi-final appearance at the ICC Women’s World T20 in the West Indies, scoring 178 runs in five matches at a strike-rate of 125.35.She is currently ranked fourth in the MRF Tyres ICC Women’s Players Rankings for ODI Batters and 10th in the MRF Tyres ICC Women’s Players Rankings for T20I batters.India’s star batter Smriti Mandhana bags Rachael Heyhoe-Flint Award and Women’s ODI Player of Year 2018!READ https://t.co/7TLSe2pblG pic.twitter.com/h0GtsKKsYGICC (@ICC) December 31, 2018Reacting to the news, a delighted Mandhana said: “The awards are pretty special because as a player when you score runs, you want the team to win, and then when you get acknowledged for your performances through these awards, it motivates you to work harder and do well for your team.”The century I scored in South Africa (in Kimberley) was quite satisfying and then I had good home series against Australia and England. A lot of people used to say I do not score that much in India, so I had a point to prove to myself.”That was something which really made me better as a player. And then, of course, the first four matches of the ICC Women’s World T20 were quite memorable,” she added.Feels special to win two awards: @mandhana_smritiThe first Indian woman to win two @ICC awards in a calendar year talks about her special achievement and shares her long-time ambition.Full interview here – https://t.co/wPuQvSWGbR pic.twitter.com/58notBvrQTadvertisementBCCI (@BCCI) December 31, 2018India’s Harmanpreet Kaur was Monday named captain of the ICC Women’s T20I Team of the Year, which also includes two of her compatriots Smriti Mandhana and Poonam Yadav.Opening batswoman Mandhana and leg-spinner Yadav were also included in the ICC Women’s ODI Team of the Year, which has New Zealander Suzie Bates as captain.The ODI and T20 sides were selected by a voting academy, which has former players like Lisa Sthalekar, Charlotte Edwards, Anjum Chopra and members of the media, and took into consideration performances in the 2018 calendar year.Harmanpreet has been rewarded for spearheading India to the semifinals of the ICC Women’s World T20 2018 in the West Indies in November.Meet the ICC Women’s T20I Team of the Year 2018!@mandhana_smriti@ahealy77@SuzieWBates@ImHarmanpreet(c)@natsciver@EllysePerry@akgardner97Leigh Kasperek@megan_schuttRumana Ahmed@poonam_yadav24#ICCAwards https://t.co/R37impUn79 pic.twitter.com/n96VV7aaNcICC (@ICC) December 31, 2018″In that tournament, (Harmanpreet) Kaur scored 183 runs at a strike-rate of 160.5, while in the 25 matches in the calendar year, she accumulated 663 runs at a strike-rate of 126.2. Kaur is ranked third in the MRF Tyres ICC Women’s Player Rankings for T20I Batters,” the ICC said in a statement.The 29-year-old Harmanpreet said she was surprised to have been named captain of the World T20 XI.”To be honest, it was really surprising for me. The last two years we did not get enough T20I matches to play and it was really tough for me to build that confidence in the team and show that self-belief that we can do well in T20Is. Credit goes to all team members, the way they worked hard and show that self-belief,” Kaur said.”This award means a lot to me to build my confidence, BCCI is showing confidence on me – that I can do well in the format and I am looking forward to do well in the future.”The T20I team has players from five countries, including four from the ICC Women’s World T20 2018 champions Australia. Two players are from New Zealand and one player each from Bangladesh and England, besides the three from India.Rumana Ahmed is the first Bangladesh player to have been selected in the ICC squad. The right-arm leg-spinner has been the second most successful T20I bowler in the 2018 calendar year with 30 wickets in 24 matches, including four wickets in four matches in the ICC Women’s World T20 2018.The ODI team, on the other hand, has players from seven countries, with two each from England, India, New Zealand and South Africa. Australia, Pakistan and West Indies has one player each.Bates’ appointment as the ODI captain was a recognition of her contribution in inspiring her side to second position in the ICC Women’s Championship after three rounds.advertisementCongratulations to the ICC Women’s ODI Team of the Year 2018!@mandhana_smriti@Tammy_Beaumont@SuzieWBates (c)@danevn81@sophdevine77@ahealy77@kappie777@Dottin_5@mir_sana05@Sophecc19@poonam_yadav24#ICCAwards https://t.co/V6qREy5SAD pic.twitter.com/WZbsbRliXEICC (@ICC) December 31, 2018In the seven ODIs this calendar year, Bates has scored 438 runs with two centuries and a half-century. Bates is presently ranked seventh in the MRF Tyres ICC Women’s Players Rankings for ODI Batters.Besides India’s Mandhana and Yadav, Australia’s Alyssa Healy and Suzie Bates of New Zealand are the other players who feature in both the ODI and T20I squads.ICC Women’s ODI Team of the Year (in batting order): Smriti Mandhana (India), Tammy Beaumont (England), Suzie Bates (New Zealand; captain), Dane van Niekerk (South Africa), Sophie Devine (New Zealand), Alyssa Healy (Australia; wk), Marizanne Kapp (South Africa), Deandra Dottin (West Indies), Sana Mir (Pakistan), Sophie Ecclestone (England), Poonam Yadav (India).ICC Women’s T20I Team of the Year (in batting order): Smriti Mandhana (India), Alyssa Healy (Australia; wk), Suzie Bates (New Zealand), Harmanpreet Kaur (India; captain), Natalie Sciver (England), Ellyse Perry (Australia), Ashleigh Gardner (Australia), Leigh Kasperek (New Zealand), Megan Schutt (Australia), Rumana Ahmed (Bangladesh), Poonam Yadav (India).(With inputs from IANS and PTI)For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. 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India Today Web Desk New DelhiApril 27, 2019UPDATED: April 27, 2019 13:28 IST Jasia Akhtar will play for Smiriti Mandhana-led Trailblazers in Women’s T20 Challenge 2019 (@MehboobaMufti Photo)HIGHLIGHTSJasia Akhtar will play for Trailblazers in Women’s T20 Challenge, starting May 6Jammu and Kashmir cricketer Jasia Akhtar plays for Punjab in domestic cricketJasia Akhtar says she is looking forward to play with women’s cricket superstars in the 3-team leagueWhile the absence of Australian players in the Women’s T20 Challenge was surprising, the inclusion of a Jammu and Kashmir cricketer, Jasia Akhtar has come as a huge boost for aspiring cricketers in the valley.Jasia Akhtar will be playing under India’s superstar cricketer Smriti Mandhana for the Trailblazers in the three-team women’s T20 league, seen as precursor for a women’s Indian Premier League. 39 cricketers from England, New Zealand, West Indies, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and India will feature in the four-match tri-series that will be played between May 6 and 11 at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium in Jaipur.Jasia Akhtar, an opening batter for Punjab, revealed she had received a call from the Board of Control for Cricket in India, informing about her selection in the Women’s T20 League on Thursday. Jasia will now share the dressing room with some of the best in the business, including Smriti, Jhulan Goswami, Suzie Bates among others at Trailblazers.Jasia Akhtar had played for India Reds in the Women’s Challenger Trophy last year. Jasia had moved from Jammu and Kashmir to Punjab in 2013. Jasia, who hails from Shopian district in Jammu and Kashmir, has already been part of the India camp twice.Congratulations to Jasia Akhtar from Shopian on being selected for the Women’s Indian Premier League (IPL) that starts on 6th May at Sawai Mansingh Stadium in Jaipur. Well done! pic.twitter.com/DHUsldIeh2Mehbooba Mufti (@MehboobaMufti) April 26, 2019Jasia, the daughter of a farmer from the valley, said her parents were fully supportive of her move from Jammu and Kashmir to Punjab. Jasia has been representing Punjab in domestic cricket.advertisement”I realised soon that I had to leave J&K if I wanted to continue playing cricket. Facilities were not good. The deteriorating law and order situation made it worse.I must say I’m lucky in that sense. My parents never objected to my move to Punjab. They have complete faith in me,” Jasia was quoted as saying by The New Indian Express.Jasia has been asked to report in Jaipur on May 2 and the J&K cricketer will take a flight from Amritsar to the Pink City on the said date.While Smriti Mandhana will be leading the Trailblazers, India’s limited-overs captain Harmanpreet Kaur will lead the Supernovas. Veteran star Mithali Raj will be captaining the third team, Velocity.Notably, Harmanpreet Kaur’s Supernovas defeated the Trailblazers by three wickets in Mumbai in the Women’s T20 Challenge match held last year during IPL 2018.Women’s T20 Challenge squadsSupernovas: Harmanpreet Kaur (Captain), Anuja Patil, Arundhati Reddy, Chamari Athapaththu (Sri Lanka), Jemimah Rodrigues, Lea Tahuhu (New Zealand), Mansi Joshi, Natalie Sciver (England), Poonam Yadav, Priya Punia, Radha P Yadav, Sophie Devine (New Zealand), Taniya Bhatia (WK).Trailblazers: Smriti Mandhana (Captain), Bharti Fulmali, Dayalan Hemlatha, Deepti Sharma, Harleen Deol, Jasia Akhtar, Jhulan Goswami, R Kalpana (WK), Rajeshwari Gayakwad, Shakera Selman (West Indies), Sophie Ecclestone (England), Stafanie Taylor (West Indies), Suzie Bates (New Zealand).Velocity: Mithali Raj (Captain), Amelia Kerr (New Zealand), Danielle Wyatt (England), Devika Vaidya, Ekta Bisht, Hayley Matthews (West Indies), Jahanara Alam (Bangladesh), Komal Zhanzad, Shafali Verma, Shikha Pandey, Sushma Verma (WK), Sushree Dibyadarshini, Veda Krishnamurthy.Also Read | No Aussie in women’s IPL: BCCI says Cricket Australia blackmailing for men’s series reschedulingAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Jasia Akhtar 1st cricketer from Jammu & Kashmir to feature in Women’s T20 ChallengeJasia Akhtar, who plays as an opening batter for Punjab in domestic cricket, is the first woman cricketer from Jammu and Kashmir to play for the three-team Women’s T20 Challenge, starting May 6 in Jaipuradvertisement
Islamabad: Pakistan on Thursday announced that it will send its first astronaut to space in 2022 using close ally China’s satellite launch facilities. Pakistan’s decision came as India on Monday successfully launched its second lunar mission Chandrayaan-2. Fawad Chaudhry, Minister for Science and Technology, said the selection process of the astronaut for the space mission would start from February 2020. “Proud to announce that selection process for the first Pakistani to be sent to Space shall begin from February 2020. Fifty people will be short listed. The list will then come down to 25 and in 2022 we will send our first person to space. This will be the biggest space event of our country, Chaudhry said in a tweet. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USChaudhry said the Pakistani Air Force will play a lead role in the selection process of the astronaut for the space mission. “The Air force will be the custodian of the selection process. Globally pilots are selected for space missions,” he was quoted as saying by the Dawn News website. He said that initially 50 pilots will be selected, from which the list will be brought down to 25 and then 10. “Ten pilots will be trained and eventually one pilot will be sent to space,” he said. Last year, Pakistan launched two indigenously-built satellites into the orbit, using a Chinese launch vehicle. The satellites were launched onboard the Chinese Long March (LM-2C) rocket from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Centre located at the Gobi desert, China, The Express Tribune reported.
Rabat – FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke has been put on immediate leave and relieved from his duties until further notice. The top FIFA official will be investigated for allegations of corruption involving a scheme to sell World Cup tickets above face value.FIFA, football’s world governing body, said Thursday in a statement that it had been “made aware of a series of allegations involving the secretary general and has requested a formal investigation by the FIFA Ethics Committee.” Valcke, 54, who has served as FIFA secretary general since 2007, has denied the “fabricated, outrageous” allegations.FIFA has been plagued by claims of corruption since May, when Swiss police arrested seven of its top executives at a hotel in Zurich. President Sepp Blatter also announced that he would step down days after winning re-election in June.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed without permission
Developing countries bear the brunt of climate change and need international assistance to help them mitigate its effects, the President of Mozambique told the United Nations General Assembly today.Addressing the Assembly’s annual high-level debate, Armando Emí Guebuza said increases in extreme weather patterns, rising sea levels and other effects of climate change are “felt more harshly in developing countries” which lack the capacity to properly respond.“More than ever, and in the face of recurrent and more and more devastating tragedies, there is a need for involvement of all members of the international community in the implementation of global actions enshrined in [international] commitments,” he said.The Mozambican President praised Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon for having convened an unprecedented global gathering on the issue earlier this week, which he said “opens up new prospects for the renewed momentum required so that substantial progress can be made during the Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) to be held this December in Bali, Indonesia.”That meeting will be tasked with hammering out a successor to the Convention’s Kyoto Protocol, which contains legally binding targets for reducing greenhouse gas emissions but is set to expire in 2012. The President of Zambia, Levy Patrick Mwanawasa, said his country needs assistance in such areas as scientific research, early warning and rapid response to address the effects of climate change.“Zambia calls for speedy development and transfer of appropriate technologies to help us cope with the negative impacts of climate change as well as put us on a low-carbon economic growth path,” he said.For its part, Zambia pledged to reduce emissions from industry and other sources, he said. “We call upon industrialized countries, who have a history of producing these emissions, to take serious steps to reduce them,” he said.“We believe the situation is now serious and narrow national interests in this matter must be discarded.”King Mswati III of Swaziland said that while countries like his own had developed “pro-green” policies, there was still a need for access to and transfer of environmentally-friendly technologies, particularly from developed to developing countries. He called for measures to promote technology cooperation which would not only enable the transfer of crucial technological know-how but also help build up local capacity for the efficient use and further development of the transferred technology.The Swazi leader also encouraged the private sector, particularly multinational corporations, “to be responsible enough to practice in the developing world the same environmental and waste management principles that they practice in the developed world,” including by not dumping harmful waste materials in developing countries.Micheline Calmy-Rey, President of Switzerland, said her country has also felt the effects of climate change. “Glaciers are receding and floods are on the increase,” she said. “As far as my country is concerned, the cost of efforts to save the planet affordable, considering the technology that already exists.”She pointed out that the international community has come together to address poverty and to promote peace and respect for human rights, but added, “our efforts in relation to environmental challenges have not gone far enough.” Treaties and other mechanisms to deal with the question are fragmented, she said. “We need therefore to unite in order to identify and implement these objectives so that we may make more economical use of the available resources and energy, and protect the biosphere.”Toward that end, she called for a significant reduction in the greenhouse gas emissions responsible for climate change. “We also need to help the countries most affected by these changes, the least developed among them in particular, to develop and implement strategies that will enable them to adapt to the changes, and alleviate the adverse effects on them as much as possible.” 26 September 2007Developing countries bear the brunt of climate change and need international assistance to help them mitigate its effects, the President of Mozambique told the United Nations General Assembly today.
11 May 2009The rural poor across Cameroon are set to receive a cash injection of close to $14 million from the United Nations in an effort to reduce poverty, increase income and improve livelihoods. The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) will support the Rural Microfinance Development project in the West African country with a $13.5 million loan and $200,000 grant. The microfinance scheme will help the growing numbers of young people leaving cities, which have high rates of unemployment, for rural areas looking for work in agriculture and its related sectors but have difficulty in accessing credit. Women, who despite their heavy workload and financial constraints start up small businesses involved in processing, storage, transport and handicraft activities, will particularly benefit from the projects.IFAD expects the initiatives to increase rural employment, boost the income of the rural poor, improve their food security and nutrition, as well as enhance the status of women, who will take part in managing the microfinance institutions.The funding will target smallholder farmers experiencing difficulty in buying inputs and technology the rural populations in the Centre, Extreme-North, North-West and Western Regions of Cameroon.To date, IFAD has funded seven rural development projects in Cameroon for a total of $85 million.
11 January 2011On the eve of the first anniversary of the devastating earthquake that killed 220,000 Haitians and made 1.5 million others homeless, the United Nations today looked back at a year of achievements, albeit at times spotty, and forward to the enormous challenges still ahead. In a statement issued by his spokesman, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon noted that the UN and international response to “a disaster of unparalleled magnitude” was one of the largest ever mounted. “These efforts must be redoubled and renewed. The Secretary-General calls on the international community to continue its support for the people of Haiti,” the statement added. The heads of UN humanitarian agencies cited the difficult path already traversed and the long road ahead to recovery and reconstruction.“The task has been Herculean – a humanitarian worst case scenario in one of the world’s poorest countries, with massive casualties, multiple catastrophes, the decimation of the nation’s civil service, reams of critical records destroyed and staggering damage to the country’s critical infrastructure,” UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Executive Director Anthony Lake wrote in an opinion piece in the Miami Herald newspaper.“Delays in pledged aid have further complicated the recovery effort,” he said, noting the added complication of the cholera epidemic that has claimed some 3,600 lives and infected almost 150,000 people so far even before cresting. “These are enormous, unprecedented obstacles. But as we look back, we should remind ourselves not only that it might have been far worse, but that real progress has been possible, even in such dire circumstances.”Mr. Lake cited the thousands of children who have been reunited with their families and the nearly 100,000 youngsters benefiting from a network providing psychosocial care.“This is only a start. In Haiti, as in every emergency, we can and must do a better job channelling pledged aid to people and communities in greatest need,” he wrote. “We need to ensure better coordination among government, the international aid community and local NGOs [non-governmental organizations]. And we need to do more to support communities’ efforts to drive their own recovery.“When so much remains to be done, and when so many continue to suffer, it is no time for self-congratulation. But neither should it become an occasion for self-flagellation. To do so risks discouraging those who can still provide help – to the absolute detriment of the people who so desperately need it. And it is both a denial of the small victories achieved and a disavowal of the heroes who are still out there, every day, helping to rebuild lives and restore hope.”UN World Food Programme (WFP) Executive Director Josette Sheeran stressed the daunting nature of the catastrophe, noting that in the six weeks immediately after the quake, the agency delivered food to 4 million Haitians and continues to provide food aid to some 2 million through school meal and cash-for-work programmes and nutritional support to pregnant and nursing mothers and their children.“While much has been achieved in the year since the earthquake, much still remains to be done,” she said in a statement. “Our ongoing food assistance programmes that nourish the very young, provide cash for work, and include the local purchase of food from Haitian farmers, are part of a massive recovery effort that will continue to need international support in the months ahead. “Access to nutritious food is essential if Haiti is to build back better, and WFP will continue its work providing the right food at the right time to those – like the very young – who still remain vulnerable.”The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) warned that greater support to agriculture is crucial to meet the country’s development objectives and help it prepare for future emergencies, noting that it is shifting from direct input distribution to seed multiplication and other more sustainable activities as it moves from emergency aid to longer-term rehabilitation support.It also stressed the need to reduce risks related to natural disasters such as flooding from hurricanes. “Natural resource and watershed management activities need to go hand in hand with measures to improve agricultural productivity by enhancing access to land, inputs, water and markets,” the FAO Representative in Haiti, Ari Toubo Ibrahim, said.UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Director-General Irina Bokova called on the international community to live up to its moral obligations and do more. “The situation in Haiti continues to be catastrophic,” she said. “Reconstruction has scarcely begun. Of the total amount of aid pledged, only a small fraction has been received.”UNESCO Special Envoy for Haiti Michaëlle Jean, the Haitian-born former Governor General of Canada, stressed that Haiti needs support, not charity. “What the Haitian people require to surmount the disaster is long-term investment in their social institutions and particularly in education and culture, the most vital building blocks for their future,” she said.In Port-au-Prince, the capital, UN Humanitarian Coordinator for Haiti Nigel Fisher released a report reviewing in detail the humanitarian achievements of the past year and the challenges ahead, noting that the signs of recovery are still barely visible for Haitians on the ground.In the report, the UN’s top envoy in Haiti, Edmond Mulet, stressed the need for the international community to provide a more systematic approach to help Haitians reinforce a State of rule of law and social and economic progress in a country where political uncertainties arising from November’s disputed first round of elections could lead to more turmoil.“In the absence of significant progress in the field of a State of law in Haiti, all current and future efforts for Haiti’s recovery, notably in reconstruction, economic and social development, humanitarian aid, security and political stability, risk going up in smoke,” he warned.As Mr. Lake concluded in his opinion piece, which began with the tent cities still filled to overflowing, and the tens of thousands of children still in need of protection: “There is no denying that today in Haiti, rubble still remains, cholera still kills, and political turmoil still imperils progress. “But the time has come to look beyond the rubble and the ruin, and to look ahead to a stronger Haiti. One year later, we have a choice – to wring our hands or to join them together in renewed commitment to help Haitians rebuild their wounded country. For how we can despair, when so many Haitians have not?”
Jordan Whiting could be playing for an Ohio State football team that won all 12 of its games last season, or playing for a Louisville team that upset Florida in the Sugar Bowl. Formerly an OSU linebacker, Whiting transferred to Louisville prior to the 2012 season. He was not eligible to play for the Cardinals last season, due to NCAA rules requiring players who transfer between Football Bowl Subdivision schools to sit out one year before playing for their new school. His career at Louisville, however, ended before it even began because of a failed drug test. “When I first got here, I was hanging out with a buddy of mine, and unfortunately, hanging out with him, not really thinking too clearly, I decided to take a few hits of marijuana,” Whiting told The Lantern in January. “I failed my first drug test of my college career.” This wasn’t the first time Whiting made a mistake that affected his college football career. On Dec. 23, 2010, Whiting received a one-game ban as one of six OSU football players suspended for receiving improper benefits from Eddie Rife, owner of Fine Line Ink tattoo parlor. Those violations, dubbed “Tattoo-Gate” by many, eventually resulted in the Buckeyes vacating the results of their 2010 season, being banned from postseason play in 2012 and losing nine scholarships over a three-year period. Whiting said his violation came as a result of accepting a discount on a tattoo and said he did not realize he was receiving a discount at the time. “It’s a learning experience and unfortunately some rules, even though we don’t necessarily agree with them, they still are rules,” Whiting said. Whiting said the hardest part of the situation was dealing with the criticism he and his suspended teammates received. “I learned that some people can be very cruel,” Whiting said. “A lot of the guys, not necessarily me, but some guys were getting death wishes via email. “None of those athletes, including myself, ever would bring harm to any other person out here,” Whiting added. Whiting has tattoos on both of his arms, his chest and his back, which he said “mean everything” to him. “My tattoos are all religion and family,” Whiting said. “I don’t have one tattoo that you could look at and be like, ‘What does that mean?’ or ‘Why would you get that tatted on you?’ or anything like that. “I love tattoos,” Whiting added. “I guess you could say it’s somewhat of an addiction.” Whiting remained with the Buckeyes in 2011 after serving his suspension but transferred to Louisville that spring. His three-year career at OSU consisted of one redshirt year and two playing seasons, but only one career tackle. Whiting said he became more mature as a result of his experience at OSU. “It was a growing pain that I had to go through,” Whiting said. “I think me being at Ohio State, it wasn’t for me to shine as an athlete, it was for me to grow up as a man.” By blowing his opportunity to play at Louisville with his failed drug test, Whiting said he disappointed himself and his family. “I made a bad decision, and unfortunately that bad decision did lead to me not being a part of the team anymore,” Whiting said. “I don’t blame them for that decision, I don’t blame anybody else but myself, but you live and you learn and you move on, and that’s the only thing you can do.” Whiting hasn’t given up on his football dreams quite yet. He said he is continuing to pursue a career in professional football. He told The Lantern earlier this month that he had not yet received interest from NFL teams leading up to the 2013 NFL draft. “I’m not ready to tell the game goodbye, and not under these circumstances,” Whiting said. “I’d rather tell the game goodbye under circumstances that I cannot control. Whether it be because I got hurt, or whether it be because I got cut from a team, or retirement … I can accept that, but I cannot accept telling the game goodbye off of my bad decisions. I feel like I have a lot to bring to a team.” OSU assistant coach Luke Fickell said it is critical for Whiting to take advantage of any opportunity he gets if he is going to make it at the next level. “He’s a guy that’s got some physical tools and ability, and you know, anybody that finds the right place and the right situation and at the right time has a chance to be successful,” Fickell said. “You have a chance and you get an opportunity, the window is slight and you got to take advantage of all those opportunities.” Etienne Sabino, who is pursuing his own NFL dreams and could be selected in the 2013 NFL Draft as an outside linebacker, played with Whiting at OSU from 2009-2011. He said Whiting “looked good in drills,” although Whiting did not get much chance to play. “He definitely had a lot of ability,” Sabino said. “He has a lot of potential, and I know he’s a strong kid so I wish him the best of luck.” Whiting said it would mean “the world” to him if he gets a chance to play in the NFL, but he is also working on other pursuits. He is enrolled to resume classes at OSU this summer and work toward completing his degree in marketing. He is also a founder of a marketing consulting company (J. Infinity LLC) and is writing a book, which he said is titled “A Developing Man.” Whiting said he also wants to start a foundation to benefit and mentor low-income children. Whiting said he “would never make the same mistake twice,” has learned from his mistakes and hopes young athletes can also learn from his story. “I’ve played over 17 years of football and I’ve been a part of five different organizations,” Whiting said. “I’ve earned 12 championship rings, 10 in high school, 2 in college. I’ve been to three BCS bowl games and I was one season away from what I would like to see as my blowout season. But one thing that prevented all that from happening was one bad decision. And that’s all it takes.”
Equipment simulators for training are examined in detail in an article in September International Mining. Convergence Training, a division of Capstone Technology, offers the Convergence Training Viewer, a free, downloadable training access portal specifically designed to view interactive training media. This provides virtually anyone, anywhere, at any time access to a catalogue of computer-based health and safety training modules developed in compliance with America’s MSHA and OSHA standards. You can download the free application from the Convergence Training website then purchase modules, download content, train employees, and print certificates of completion all within a single software application. http://www.thinkconvergence.com/Lms/training-viewer.aspx The viewer was developed to meet the needs of an evolving computer-based training market. The company says that while training managers have come to expect more dynamic and interactive training material, much of the industry has failed to keep up technologically.For example, online training may satisfy some customers but bandwidth constrictions continue to plague users with low quality video and limited visual content resulting in a diminished training experience. And although some server-based learning management systems can sidestep bandwidth issues, their infrastructure and support costs can place them far out of reach for smaller to medium-sized organisations.Convergence Training Viewer solves this core problem of limited access to quality, affordable training by giving users an easy-to-use platform to download purchased training modules and play them locally, eliminating bandwidth concerns. Users benefit from the stable delivery of effective, engaging content for a superior training experience at extremely reasonable prices.“We’ve been looking forward to introducing a platform like this for quite some time.” Says Randy Kohltfarber, Director of Product Development. “Our focus has always been on delivering the best, most effective training experience in the industry. Convergence Training Viewer eliminates the technical limitations we’ve dealt with for years. Now we can make our training material available to anyone almost instantly without the slightest loss in quality. It’s really a best-case scenario for us and our customers.”A networkable version is also available as an advanced learning management service provided by Convergence Training. Customers are able to administer computer-based training to multiple workstations at different locations without the bandwidth limitations of conventional online training and without the capital expense of a server-based system.
If you’re a fan of gaming headsets then you no doubt know about Plantronics. For years, the company has released high-quality headsets that help enhance the gaming experience. Not one to sit on its laurels, the company has announced a brand-new series of its RIG 500 headsets.The RIG 500 Pro Series features an exoskeleton earcup design with an isolated inner acoustic chamber that helps reduce distortion. The peripheral’s 50 mm drivers provide wide-range frequency response. Its dual-material ear cushions not only provide comfort for long gaming sessions, but they also reduce background noise.The PlayStation and Xbox editions of the headset come with the RIG Game Audio Dial, which is a 3.5 mm connector with integrated volume control for wireless game controllers. This means console gamers can control the game’s volume directly from their controllers. PC models of the headset have an inline volume slide.“The new RIG 500 Pro Series takes the innovative modular design of the RIG 500 to the next level,” said Jack Reynolds, director, Gaming Products, Plantronics. “And, it continues the impressive number of firsts we’ve brought to competitive gamers, including the first VR-focused headsets, Dolby Atmos activation and now, the RIG Game Audio Dial for Xbox One and PS4 wireless controllers.”The RIG 500 Pro Series is available in HX, HS and Esports editions. Despite the high-quality, don’t expect the headsets to cost an arm and a leg. PlayStation and Xbox One owners can pick up the HS and HX headsets (respectively) for $79.99, while PC users can nab the device for $99.99. Competitive gamers can purchase the ESports Edition for $149.99.I’m a big fan of Plantronics’ headsets, and the RIG 500 Pro looks like another winner. We’ll actually get a chance to try the headset next week during E3, so make sure to come back here to read our hands-on impressions.For more information, please head over to the company’s official website.