Success has many parents and failure none. Cliched as that may sound, there is no doubt that after the resounding success of the Commonwealth Games, the new itch is that India should bid for the 2019 Asian Games (if not the 2020 Olympics).Members of the England team pose with Indian artistes and officials during the flag hoisting of their country at the Commonwealth Games Village in New Delhi.In 2005, when Asian countries with money bags in tow had assembled to vote for the 2014 Asian Games venue, New Delhi had projected itself as a candidate city. Thanks to the then sports minister Mani Shankar Aiyar’s loose talk (he kept bemoaning that the country had no money for a sporting extravaganza, a stand he took even for the CWG), India lost the bid. Senior officials, notably Randhir Singh, Indian Olympic Association (IOA) secretary-general, who’s also the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) secretary-general, were left red-faced after being outvoted in favour of Incheon, South Korea.In less than six months, it will again be time for the 2019 Asiad bid, though insiders say not too many host cities want to come forward as some of them are still reeling under the aftermath of global recession. Even before the CWG preparations had hit top gear, the IOA had tested the waters by writing to the sports ministry that it wanted to bid for the 2019 Asiad.Till date, there has been no forward movement on this. Those in the know, however, say that this is the time for India to make a big push to establish its credentials as the emerging sporting superpower. Nobody had imagined that at the 2010 CWG, where 71 nations and dependencies participated, India would finish ahead of England with a record haul of 38 gold medals. Everyone knows that the Rs 700 crore that the athletes received to prepare for the Games have paid off.advertisementBut to pre-empt any talk of the cost of hosting a mega-event such as the Asian Games, seen as the second most prestigious international sporting event after the Olympics, let me share some figures. Nobody knows how much Beijing spent officially on the 2008 Olympics, but it is being speculated that the Chinese city of Guangzhou will spend $420 million next month and expects to earn a revenue of $450 million.Randhir Singh says that to be seen as a serious bidder for the 2019 Asian Games, india needs to emphatically convey that it is ready. “this is a huge project and the indian government fully needs to be behind new delhi. let’s not forget that the asian games gets substantial sponsorship from the Olympic Council of Asia,” says the man who first distinguished himself by being the first indian to get a gold medal at an asian games (bangkok, 1978).Within the Sports Ministry and other government agencies there’s the popular theory that India overspent on the CWG. Agreed, there’s been wasteful expenditure,but to say that the Asian Games will be a waste of money is nowhere near the truth.It is well-known that for any country wanting to project itself as a superpower, hosting an international, multi-disciplinary sporting extravaganza is one of the seals of authority. The western world never wanted China to host an Olympics and even when the Olympic Games were on, European papers just did not stop writing about the atrocities committed by China on the Tibetan people. Beijing wowed the world with its clinical precision and Guangzhou is set for an encore. With 42 countries in the fray and 476 events, Guangzhou has a challenge, but it seems to be prepared for it.New Delhi must learn from the mistakes of the CWG. The biggest flaw was in the command structure,where no single person could be held accountable for the progress of the preparations or the lack of it. You can continue blaming CWG Organising Committee chairman Suresh Kalmadi, Sports Minister M.S. Gill, Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit and company till the cows come home, but this is the time for us to look forward and think big. The Asian Games bid cannot be a half-hearted venture, where most of the parties involved will suspect the IOA’s intentions. It will have to be a national endeavour, with no place for people like ‘Motormouth Mani’ and others who consider sporting extravaganzas a waste of money.Unless we bid for an Asian Games and win, we will have no ground to imagine that we would ever be able to host an Olympics. Bidding for the Olympics is serious business and host cities start getting ready at least eight years before they get into the fray. One may be tempted to believe that India can bid for the 2020 Olympics. But it as Randhir Singh, whose father, Raja Bhalendra Singh, incidentally, was a key figure in the organisation of the 1982 Asian Games in New Delhi, says “I think 2024 is a realistic target. If India is serious, the effort has to be 100 per cent.”advertisementIt is well-known that when countries bid for the Olympics, what really matters is not what it will cost but what it will take to put in the best effort. Even Barack Obama went to Copenhagen for the 2016 Olympic bidding process at the last minute because he had been convinced that Chicago would win it. The number of votes the city got was abysmal – and the winner was Rio de Janeiro. This is proof that for hosting an Olympics, no country, not even a superpower, can take anything for granted.The US has lost two successive Olympic bids, which is a clear message from the International Olympic Committee that when an Olympic host city is voted for, a number of factors are at play. In the case of India, conflicting voices will only cause damage. There’s no room for politics in this national effort – and it is impossible to predict the political scene in the country in 2024. We can only mount a national effort driven by a national vision to bid first for the 2019 Asian Games, and then prepare the ground for the 2024 Olympic bid. Sounds impossible? Nothing does anymore after the Commonwealth Games.Six lessons Delhi must learn from the Games (By – Maneesh Pandey)Look beyond New Delhi The infrastructure developed for CWG is not going to last forever. The Lutyens’ Zone, moreover, cannot keep getting injections of hefty resources at the expense of the rest of the Capital. Nor can East Delhi keep getting preferential treatment because it is the parliamentary constituency of CM Sheila Dikshit’s son, Sandeep. Delhi must look beyond New Delhi and view an international sporting event as an opportunity to develop one of its neglected rural outcrops, such as Bawana, Narela or Najafgarh. Look at London for example. Even before London bid for the 2012 Olympics, it zeroed in on Stratford in East London, which had gone to seed, for an ambitious redevelopment project. And the results are there for everybody to see.No last-minute miracles Our reliance on the ‘Big Fat Indian Wedding’ formula only caused a lot of grief, and needless negative publicity, in the run-up to the Games. The CWG Organising Committee knew it was behind schedule, yet it did not move fast enough either to put technical support systems in place, or to farm out the job of damage control (like it did when it brought the army to bail it out of the foot overbridge collapse mess). We have only our athletes to thank for the world media overlooking the security scanners that failed, Doordarshan’s late feeds, the ticketing mess and eleventh-hour jitters over the scoreboards. There was very little time for systems checks. Thankfully, the weather gods were on our side.advertisementDon’t overcommit THE many civic agencies that manage Delhi’s affairs planned projects that were way beyond their capacity to complete within the time frame. The covered-up, yet unfinished Connaught Place and never-to-be-used Shivaji Stadium are just two examples of the messy development legacy. Delhizens couldn’t use two key CWG-related public utility projects – Barapullah Elevated Corridor and the Metro’s Badarpur leg. Just two of the 33 new promised hotels have got completion certificates; and the Chandni Chowk, Jama Masjid and Paharganj development plans are yet to see the light of day.Too many generals…? YES, the Games went off without a major snafu, but the country’s high and mighty must learn to value the importance of a unified command for an international sporting extravaganza. The Games were like the rope in a tug-of-war, with organising committee chairman Suresh Kalmadi, sports minister M.S. Gill, Delhi lt-governor Tejinder Khanna and CM Sheila Dikshit pulling in different directions, and even squabbling over who should take the credit for what. Even on the day of the closing ceremony, Khanna’s office leaked a letter he’d written to the Prime Minister protesting against Dikshit hogging the credit for the last-minute completion of the Games Village.No more weak excuses The Games organising committee secretary-general Lalit Bhanot’s laughable defence of the pathetic sanitary conditions at the Village in the days when it had just started receiving foreign athletes and delegates won’t stand in any international forum. If Delhi wishes to host an international multi-disciplinary sporting event, or to become a world-class city, it must measure up to the highest global standards in hygiene and sanitation. The Capital may have got the athletes for the Games (they had no choice) despite snakes, unmanaged garbage and stale food in the Village, but the expected number of additional tourists did not show up because they had been scared away by reports of Delhi’s poor hygiene standards.Nurture on-ground talent We may hire the best brains to design ambitious projects, but what we lack is the ability to execute them on the ground. We don’t realise that it is the junior engineers who hold the key to the success and timely completion of infrastructure projects, and they invariably turn out to be the weakest links in the organisational chain. In the run-up to the CWG, it became apparent that engineers down the line had never been exposed to the projects they were expected to implement. They didn’t benefit from exposure to international projects because the people who went on study junkets abroad were the bureaucrats at the top – many were not involved with the projects eventually. read more
Actor Aditya Roy Kapur will be sporting two distinct looks for Aditya Chopra’s ‘Dawat-e-Ishq’ and Abhishek Kapoor’s ‘Fitoor’.In YRF’s ‘Dawat-e-Ishq’ opposite Parineeti Chopra he will don a more muscular look while for ‘Fitoor’ with Katrina Kaif he will have to grow lean.’Dawat-e-Ishq’ is a food-related film where Aditya will be seen playing a chef with a bulky body.Now, the 28-year-old actor is on his way to lose some weight and has started hitting the gym to shed the extra kilos for the other project.He will be sporting two distinct looks for Dawat-e-Ishq and Fitoor.
Chennai, Sep 23 (PTI) Union Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi today said there would be no dearth of funds for state governments schemes aimed at empowerment of minorities and weaker sections.Chairing a review meeting attended by ministers and secretaries of minorities welfare of southern states and Union Territories, he said, “We will provide funds for development activities of minorities, for the poor, and for weaker sections.”Asserting that the discussions during the meeting were “very positive and constructive”, the Minister of State for Minority Affairs (Independent Charge) said, “We discussed in detail the socio-economic developmental programmes and those programmes for the empowerment of the Minorities in the country.””As far as funds are concerned there is no shortage of funds for the state governments,” he said.Naqvi also said his ministry has proposed to set up 1,000 Sadbhavna Mandaps, which would function as community centres, for the benefit of the minority communities and weaker sections in coordination with state governments.”The Sadbhavna Mandap is a very unique building were people from minority sections as well as from other communities will be the beneficiary,” he said, adding “the state governments are very supportive (about this proposal)”.”Social activity, sports activities can take place in these Sadbhavna Mandaps. Even, at a time of natural disaster the people can take shelter there,” Naqvi said.To a question on fund allocation for the scheme, he said, “State government will send us the proposal, the ministry will grant the sanction.”The meeting was attended by ministers and officials from Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Kerala, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu Andaman and Nicobar Islands and Puducherry.advertisementOn attacks against minority communities and Dalits, he said, “I am completely against it…law will take its course.”To a question on national security, he said, “The country is in safe hands. As far as the national security is concerned, it is priority of every Indian and nobody can destroy our unity and security.”On the Cauvery water row involving Karnataka and Tamil Nadu, he said, “The issue is in Court. Let us wait for the final verdict. The peoples of Karnataka and Tamil Nadu are very matured.I hope there will be some amicable solution between them.” PTI VIJ VS NSD read more
England cricket has the perfect response to trolls suggesting that the country cannot produce quality spinners.England cricket’s Twitter handle posted a picture of Adil Rashid, Moeen Ali and Jack Leach sitting on a bench and having a good laugh as a reply to the critics who are trolling the team.Some of the followers were still not convinced with the reply and hit back by saying that Graeme Swann was the last world-class spinner the country produced.”England don’t produce quality spinners” pic.twitter.com/VyxnTPLK6IEngland Cricket (@englandcricket) November 12, 2018But that is not the case here because Moeen has been producing good results for the team on a consistent basis ever since taking over the role of the lead spinner in the Test side.Galle Test: Moeen Ali 4-wicket haul gets England big win over Sri LankaMoeen’s 8-wicket haul in the recently-concluded first Test against Sri Lanka helped England register their first win at Galle last week. He picked up 4 wickets in each innings in his first Test in Sri Lanka at an average of 17.12.He was ably supported by left-arm orthodox bowler Leach, who picked up five wickets in the match. Leg-spinner Rashid was also among the wickets and got three in the match as England won by 211 runs to take a 1-0 lead in the three-match series.Sri Lanka vs England, 1st Test: HIGHLIGHTS | SCORECARDIn the series against India earlier this year, Moeen finished with 12 wickets in two Tests including a 9-wicket haul in the Southampton Test match. He picked a five-wicket haul in the first innings in that game and followed it up with four in the second to help England take an unbeatable 3-1 lead in the 5-match series.advertisementRashid also has an impressive record against India in Tests with 33 wickets to his name in 10 matches.England batting great Alastair Cook’s name proposed for KnighthoodLeach on the other hand, is an upcoming young bowler who has impressed in the two Tests that he has played in since his debut against New Zealand at Christchurch in March this year.Apart from that, Moeen has the added advantage of being a handy batsman, having scored 2617 runs in 53 Tests at a healthy average of 31.53 which includes five hundreds and 13 fifties.1st Test: Keaton Jennings 146 not out helps England set 462-run target for Sri LankaAll three spinners are expected to retain their place in the playing XI for the second Test which starts on November 14 in Kandy.England captain Joe Root on Tuesday confirmed that Ben Foakes will also retain the wicketkeeper’s position for the second match. With Jonny Bairstow nursing an ankle injury, Foakes stepped into the role in the first test and seized his opportunity with a man-of-the-match performance, scoring 107 in his debut innings.England won the match at Galle by 211 runs, with Foakes’s first innings knock crucial after they had slumped to 103 for five on the first day.Fellow wicketkeeper Jos Buttler is likely to move up the order to bat at number three after Moeen failed to take his opportunity in Galle, being dismissed for a golden duck in the first innings and scoring just three in the second. read more
On July 14, Sunday, at Lord’s, no matter who wins between England and New Zealand, the one thing for certain is that it would be a historic occasion.One of them will get their hands to the World Cup trophy for the first time since the inception of the tournament in 1975 and the other will have to wait for 4 more years for their first World Cup title.Hosts England were the pre-tournament hot favourites while New Zealand were also expected to make it to the last four as the performances from the two teams were right on the money.England lost 3 matches in the group fixtures against Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Australia. New Zealand were phenomenal in the first half of the World Cup but lost the momentum in the latter half. They were tied on 11 points with Pakistan, but made it to the last four on the back of a better run rate.England then avenged their group-stage defeat to Australia in a one-sided semi-final contest to enter the final for the 4th time, while the Blackcaps defeated India in a two-day long rain-interrupted semi-final clash.England and New Zealand have faced each other 90 times thus far in an ODI format, from which the Kiwis have won on 43 occasions while England have tasted victory 41 times. 2 matches were tied between the two while 4 other games ended in no result.Talking about just the World Cups, the two rivals have encountered each other 9 times in the showpiece event. The recent clash between them was in the league fixture of the world cup 2019 in Leeds, where England crushed New Zealand by 119 runs to get themselves a semi-finals berth.advertisementIndia vs New Zealand World Cup Past Results: New Zealand (5), England (4)1975 World Cup: England beat New Zealand by 80 runsOn the first edition of the World Cup, when the two teams met, Keith Fletcher remained unbeaten at 131 to take England to a total of 266 for 6. Chasing the target, New Zealand were bundled out for 186 as Tony Greig picked a four-fer.1979 World Cup: England won by 9 runsMike Brearley and Graham Gooch batted with composure to score 53 and 71 respectively as England posted 221/8. Chasing the total, John Wright put up a great show with the bat to add 69 runs to the scoreboard. Mike Hendrick picked 3 wickets as England sealed the thriller to reach their first World Cup final.1983 World Cup: England crush New Zealand by 106 runsChris Tavare (45) and David Gower (39) provided a solid base to England before Allan Lamb hammered his 3rd ODI hundred with able support from Mike Gatting (43). Chasing 323, New Zealand were reeling at 31/3. Martin Crowe played a valiant 97-run knock but failed to take New Zealand home as his side fell 106 runs short of a win.1983 World Cup: New Zealand beat England by 2 wickets in a thrillerIn the round-robin format, New Zealand faced England once again in the group fixtures and avenged their previous defeat of the tournament.England batted first and Graeme Fowler and David Gower added 69 and 92 respectively. Lance Cairns and Richard Hadlee picked 3 wickets apiece to limit England to 234.Geoff Howarth (60) and Jeremy Coney (66) batted exceptionally but Bob Willis, for once snatched the match with his 4-wicket haul. However, Coney managed to stick till the end as New Zealand won the game with just a ball to spare.1992 World Cup: New Zealand win by 7 wickets It was a clash between the two unbeaten side of the tournament. In the new format of the World Cup, team donned colored jerseys and the game was changed to 50-over format from 60 overs. England were spearheaded by Alec Stewart after regular captain Graham Gooch missed the game to a hamstring injury.Graeme Hick (56), Stewart (41) and Robin Smith (38) took England to 200 for 8 in 50 overs. In New Zealand’ chase Andrew Jones was run out for 78 but Martin Crowe stood tall till the end on 73 as the Kiwis won the match woth 55 balls to spare.1996 World Cup: New Zealand won by 11 runs Opener Nathan Astle smashed a hundred as New Zealand posted 239 for 6. Alec Stewart and Graeme Hick build a good stand for the third wicket before the former departed for 34. A needless Hick run-out for 85 changed the course of the game as New Zealand eventually won the match by 11 runs.2007 World Cup: New Zealand beat England by 6 wicketsAfter a fifty from Kevin Pietersen, England managed to get to a below-par score of 209. James Anderson and Liam Plunkett then reduced New Zealand to 19/3 but Scott Styris kept rooted at the crease with his unbeaten 87 to take New Zealand home with 54 balls to spare.advertisement2015 World Cup: New Zealand win by 8 wickets Tim Southee reduced England to 36 for 2 by getting openers Ian Bell and Moeen Ali. Joe Root scored 46 but England had no answers to Southee’s swing as England were limited to 123 in 33.2 overs. Southee finished with 7 wickets, his career-best and the best bowling figures ever recorded in a World Cup game. Chasing the paltry total, captain Brendon McCullum smashed 77 off just 25 balls as New Zealand registered a win in 12.2 overs.2019 World Cup: England win by massive 119 runsIn their last meeting in the ongoing World Cup, England defeated New Zealand in a one-sided affair. After electing to bat, England openers Jonny Bairstow and Jason Roy built 123-run stand as the former smashed a hundred to guide his side to 305. In the chase, New Zealand openers once again produced a flop show. Tom Latham got a fifty but failed to get any support from others. Mark Wood picked 3 wickets as New Zealand were all-out for 186.Also Read | Breed of the dog doesn’t matter: Kane Williamson on underdog tag for World Cup 2019 finalAlso Read | Eoin Morgan on eve of World Cup 2019 final: Not allowed myself to think about lifting the trophyAlso See: read more
Transfers Bale injuries could force him away from Real Madrid and break up BBC, admits Toshack Chris Burton Last updated 2 years ago 17:00 10/12/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images Transfers Real Madrid Primera División Gareth Bale The Wales international is currently nursing another knock, with his inability to stay fit making life “even harder” for him at a demanding club Gareth Bale’s injury struggles are making things “even harder” for him at Real Madrid and could lead to a transfer, says John Toshack.The Wales international has been ravaged by fitness issues throughout his time at Santiago Bernabeu.Real 8/5 to win La Liga with dabblebet Article continues below Editors’ Picks Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. His current calf complaint is the 18th ailment to have forced him onto the treatment table since moving to the Spanish capital in a record-breaking €100 million deal in 2013.While he has enjoyed plenty of highs with Real – including three Champions League triumphs – his inability to steer clear of injury is proving to be a problem and has sparked speculation regarding a possible move, with Manchester United considered to be long-time admirers.Former Wales and Real boss Toshack told El Larguero on Bale’s situation: “His injuries are probably hindering him now.“He has missed so many matches and despite Madrid winning so many matches and trophies, it must be hugely frustrating.“Should he move to another club? Only people at Madrid will know about this but the demands at the Bernabeu are very, very high.“If you are less than 100 per cent physically fit, it becomes even harder.“He is now 28 and 11 years after making his debut with me at 17, these should be the best years of his life.“The entire BBC [Bale, Karim Benzema and Cristiano Ronaldo] now has problems and for various reasons, such as others now coming through, I’m unsure we’ll see much more of them together from now on.”Bale has made just nine appearances in all competitions this season, taking in only 396 minutes of La Liga action.He has found the target only three times to date and will not be adding to that tally any time soon after being forced back onto the sidelines.Bale also managed just 27 appearances and nine goals last season, with his lack of action first sparking the possible exit talk and leading to him being left off the 30-man shortlist for the 2017 Ballon d’Or. read more
Transfers Juventus set to sign £10m Darmian and keep Man Utd target Alex Sandro Romeo Agresti & Kris Voakes Last updated 1 year ago 16:00 5/25/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Transfers Manchester United Juventus Premier League Serie A The Bianconeri will look to complete a deal for the Italy international in the next seven days while also offering the Brazilian a new contract Juventus are set to complete a deal for Manchester United’s Matteo Darmian as early as next week and remain hopeful of signing Alex Sandro up to a new long-term contract, Goal understands.The Italian champions are likely to wrap up a transfer worth around £10 million (€11m/$13m) for Darmian, ending the Italy international’s three-year spell at Old Trafford by signing him to a five-year contract at the Allianz Stadium.But the deal will not include Alex Sandro, who has been targeted by United, with the Bianconeri insisting he remains a part of their future plans. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Darmian arrived at United from Torino in 2015 for around £13m (€15m/$17m) but, after making 32 starts in his first season under Louis van Gaal, he has rarely been considered a first choice by current manager Jose Mourinho.He has also spent much of his time under Mourinho playing on the left flank rather than his favoured right, and the vast majority of his involvement in 2017-18 came in minor cup ties or dead-rubber league fixtures.Mourinho recently insisted that Darmian and fellow exile Daley Blind were still in his plans going into next season but added that the club would listen to offers if it was in the players’ benefit.“When a player wants to go, if that’s the case, when the right offers arrive in the club we study that because we always try to have the players happy,” he said.“If happiness means for them to leave, then let’s see what happens. But they are in my plans. I don’t want to sell, I want to keep [them].”Juventus have been monitoring Darmian’s situation over multiple seasons, and the seven-time reigning champions of Serie A now feel the time is right to make their move. The 28-year-old spent four years with Juve’s city rivals Torino between 2011 and 2015, having previously taken in spells with AC Milan and Palermo.Meanwhile, United have been known admirers of Alex Sandro for some time as they look to find a long-term solution to their issues at left-back, where Ashley Young has leapt ahead of Luke Shaw in the pecking order in recent times.But Juve CEO Beppe Marotta insisted on Thursday at the launch of a new book on the club that they will approach the Brazilian’s agent regarding a new contract in the next seven days.“We will meet next week with his representative and I think there’s a desire to extend the contract,” said Marotta.Juve are thought to be ready to offer the 27-year-old a deal worth £5m a year until 2022. read more
The Ultimate Las Vegas Bachelor Party Guide for Grown-Ups You Should Read Patagonia Founder Yvon Chouinard’s Guide to Life Other than the goods found in Will Adler’s new FOUND by Will shop in Northwest Portland, it’s the uniquely modeled vignettes of his life which captivate those who venture in. Capturing the essence of what makes Will ‘Will’, his FOUND shop takes customers on a beautiful journey through decades of inspirations and memories. From the replica penny candy shop straight out of the ’50s, to the classic tunes piping out of the vintage 1960’s McIntosh receiver, the shop teems with history and vibrant culture; a history and culture Will experienced first hand during his own travels around the world.It wasn’t always world travels and unique leather goods for Adler, however. A former professional actor, Will found himself turning to the business of retail because of the 1981 Screen Actors Guild strike. Out of work and needing money to support his budding family, Adler took to the boardwalk in Venice Beach, California to sell his colorful, hand-crafted web belts called Rainbow Belts. Like wildfire, Rainbow Belts (later called Billy Belts) took off for Adler and he was able to move into the leather goods industry and never looked back.Today, Will operates the headquarters of his newest retail venture — Will Leather Goods — out of Eugene, Oregon. After years of supplying to stores like Saks Fifth Avenue and Neiman Marcus, Adler opened his first brick-and-mortar location in 2012 in, where else, Venice Beach. Since then, Will’s opened two stores in Portland and added a fourth shop in New York City’s NoLita neighborhood.Essentially, Northwest Portland’s FOUND by Will shop is the fifth Will Leather Goods location Will has opened. Though once you step foot inside, it’s clear the shop intends to stand out from the crowd. “Each area serves as a different dreamscape, or vision,” says store manager Mark Wheeler, “a journey through different periods of Will’s life.”These dreamscapes come alive as you peruse the various corners of FOUND’s cozy and quaint confines. Each product in Will’s FOUND collection receives an astounding attention to detail, and the results are stunning. Whether you purchase one of the rugged hemp coffee sacks, or a reversible Indian kantha quilt bag, Adler cuts no corners regarding a product’s authenticity and spirit. Even the areas of the shop without a price tag — like the salvaged tin ceiling or the Navajo-themed floor paintings — brim with beauty and style.Among FOUND’s greatest facets is the fact that amidst the array of foreign culture and classic motifs, there’s something for everyone. No matter your style or preference, there’s a good chance Will’s curated something from his travels fit for your lifestyle. In search of a stylish case for your tablet? Take a peek at the vegetable dyed, Oaxacan wool rugs Will fashioned into beautifully colored tablet sleeves. Want to get in touch with your creative side? FOUND features a DIY belt station with hundreds of vintage belt buckles to choose from, with a belt pressing station nearby.With a product selection as robust as it is eclectic, FOUND by Will exudes Adler’s penchant for travel and discovery. Hardly just another storefront in Northwest Portland, the shop is an experience in and of itself. If you’re in the neighborhood, stop on by Will’s shop and browse the collections for yourself; it won’t disappoint.Found by Will is located at 814 NW 23rd Avenue in Portland, underneath the Will Leather Goods Family House. Non-natives of Portland can access the entire FOUND collection here. Professional Nomads Show Off How They Renovated an Airstream Editors’ Recommendations The Best Wired and Wireless Headphones for Travel Binge-Travel the World in Luxury With Inspirato’s Unlimited Monthly Pass read more
Persons who smoke could find themselves facing fines of up to $500,000 and or imprisonment for breaching the ban on lighting up in public places.Speaking on Wednesday, June 26, at a post-Sectoral Debate press briefing at Jamaica House, Legal Officer in the Ministry of Health, Cheryl Dennis, said persons may be fined $50,000 or three months imprisonment, on conviction for a first offence under Section 18 of the Public Health (Tobacco Control) Regulations (2013).A second offence will attract a fine of $500,000 or six months imprisonment, while a third offence will result in automatic sentencing. Both fines and sentences may be imposed at the discretion of a Resident Magistrate.[RELATED: Ban on Smoking Not Intended to Harass Smokers]Meanwhile, proprietors, managers, and lessees of premises, which are defined as public places under the regulations, are also liable for breaches of the regulations.“Owners and lessees and managers of certain premises – where they have acquiesced or have allowed these breaches to happen – will be held liable, and therefore an onus is on owners, managers, proprietors and lessees to ensure that there is no breach,” she stated.The Legal Officer was part of a team who joined Minister of Health, Hon. Dr. Fenton Ferguson, at the briefing, where he expounded on the provisions of the ban, which he announced in his 2013/14 Sectoral Debate presentation in the House of Representatives on June 25.[RELATED: No Smoking in Public Places as of July 15]Under the Regulations, smoking or holding a lit electronic tobacco or tobacco product is prohibited in public places, workplaces, public transportation, all government-owned or occupied buildings, health facilities (including pharmacies), sport, athletic and recreational facilities (for the use of the public), educational institutions, bus stops, and areas specifically used by children.Minister Ferguson told the House that the Government spends more than US$170 million annually to treat non-communicable diseases (NCDs). Smoking contributes to, and adversely affects NCDs, which account for 60 per cent of deaths in Jamaica annually.The ban on smoking in public places takes effect on July 15.Contact: Alphea Saunders read more
APTN National NewsLas Vegas and Kahnawake are not two places you often hear mentioned in the same sentence.But when it comes to online gambling, the Mohawk community has made a name for itself.Since the late 1990s they’ve housed internet servers that host some of the world’s biggest gambling sites.Now, the Quebec government is making noises about blocking sites that are not part of its own Lotto Quebec brand and that is bad news for Kahnawake’s economy.APTN’s Tom Fennario has this story.
The Ontario Council of University Libraries (OCUL), of which the James A. Gibson Library is a member, is proud to announce that Scholars Portal Journals has loaded its 20 millionth Ejournal article.Scholars Portal Journals provides students, faculty and researchers at Ontario’s universities with easy, single-search access to scholarly articles on a wide range of academic subjects through a bilingual search interface.The content available in Scholars Portal Journals comprises the most complete multidisciplinary database of peer-reviewed academic literature available anywhere and is an accomplishment that benefits researchers across Ontario.“This achievement acknowledges the importance OCUL places on preserving and providing access to high-quality academic resources for Ontario universities,” said Margaret Grove, University Librarian and chair of OCUL’s strategic planning committee.Try out this extensive collection of resources: Scholars Portal E-JournalsFor more information about Scholars Portal, visit scholarsportal.info. read more
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WASHINGTON – A subsidiary of India’s largest pharmaceutical company has agreed to pay a record $500 million in fines and penalties for selling adulterated drugs and lying to federal regulators in a case that is part of an ongoing crackdown on the quality of generic drugs flowing into the U.S.Federal prosecutors say the guilty plea by Ranbaxy USA Inc. represents the largest financial penalty against a generic drug company for violations of the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act, which prohibits the sale of impure drugs.The deal, announced Monday, concludes a years-long federal investigation into Ranbaxy’s manufacturing deficiencies. The Food and Drug Administration in 2008 barred from Ranbaxy from importing more than 30 different drugs made at factories in India and, two years ago, struck a deal that required the company to ensure that data on its products is accurate, undergo extra oversight and review from a third-party and improve its drug making procedures.The subsidiary of Ranbaxy Laboratories Limited pleaded guilty to federal criminal charges and the company separately agreed to resolve civil claims with all 50 states and the District of Columbia. The company had earlier set aside $500 million to cover potential criminal and civil liability stemming from the Justice Department investigation.It admitted as part of the deal that it sold adulterated batches of drugs — including an antibiotic and generic versions of medications used to treat severe acne, epilepsy and nerve pain — that were developed at two manufacturing sites in India. It’s not known whether the problems with the drugs led to any health issues. The problems were largely revealed by a whistleblower in a federal lawsuit filed in Maryland in 2007. The government’s allegations against the company make no claims that the drugs, whose strength, purity or quality differed from the specifications, harmed anyone.The company admitted to a wide range of deficiencies, including improperly storing drug samples that awaiting testing, continuing to sell a medication in the U.S. even after it had failed purity tests and delaying a voluntary recall of medication that it knew would not maintain its expected its expected shelf life.Ranbaxy also admitted making false statements to the FDA in 2006 and 2007 annual reports about dates of tests that are designed to detect drug impurities and determine appropriate storage conditions. In some cases, the tests were done weeks or months after the company said they’d been performed. Or the tests were done on the same day — or within days of each other — instead of months apart, the prescribed interval.The company said in a written statement that it had fully co-operated with the investigation, which it said involved actions from several years ago, and expects “future growth in the U.S. and around the world with a robust pipeline of important products.”“While we are disappointed by the conduct of the past that led to this investigation, we strongly believe that settling this matter now is in the best interest of all of Ranbaxy’s stakeholders; the conclusion of the DOJ investigation does not materially impact our current financial situation or performance,” Ranbaxy CEO and managing director Arun Sawhney said in a statement.The company had faced scrutiny in recent years. Apart from the federal investigation, Ranbaxy Pharmaceuticals Inc. — also a subsidiary of Ranbaxy Laboratories Limited — halted in November of generic cholesterol drug Lipitor while it investigated how tiny glass particles got into dozens of recalled batches. The FDA determined at the time that the risk to patients was very low.The case comes as federal regulators and prosecutors focus attention on the quality of ingredients of generics and other drugs manufactured overseas, said Allan Coukell, an expert on drug safety at The Pew Charitable Trusts. He said the 2008 deaths linked to tainted batches of the blood-thinner heparin that were imported from China served as a “wake up call” about just how much of the nation’s drug supply comes from overseas.“Over the last few years, the FDA and others have been increasingly focused on the risks associated with global drug manufacturing. The agency now has new authority and new resources which should result in an increased scrutiny on the highest-risk facilities,” he said.The company agreed as part of Monday’s deal to a fine and forfeiture of $150 million as well as an additional $350 million penalty to settle civil claims that it submitted false statements to Medicaid, Medicare and other government health care programs. Nearly $49 million of that penalty will go to a former Ranbaxy executive, Dinesh Thakur, who acted as a whistleblower by filing a federal lawsuit accusing the company of knowingly falsifying drug data, prosecutors said.Thakur said in a statement that the company had been notified of the problems, and “when they failed to correct the problems, it left me with no choice but to alert healthcare authorities.”“He was the source, the original source, of the information to the government that ultimately led to the government’s earlier actions,” said Andrew Beato, one of Thakur’s lawyers. by Eric Tucker, The Associated Press Posted May 13, 2013 1:11 pm MDT Subsidiary of Indian drug maker agrees to pay record $500 million US penalty for impure drugs AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more
Both in Syria where conditions are daily worsening, and in Mali where security has much improved, a political solution is the only answer for long-term stability, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today in a news briefing that touched on crisis flashpoints around the world.“The tragedy in Syria worsens by the day. The military dynamic is destroying the country and imperilling the region. Civilians are paying the price and must be protected,” he said of the conflict which has killed more than 70,000 people, mostly civilians, and displaced more than three million since the uprising against President Bashar al-Assad began in March 2011. “The prospects may seem dim, but I remain convinced that a political solution is possible. This is the only way to end the bloodshed and bring about a new and democratic Syria. The United Nations will continue to push in that direction,” he added, stressing that the world body is doing its best to deliver desperately needed aid and support the crushing burden of more than a million refugees in Syria’s neighbours.Mr. Ban again called on the Government to accept his plans for a UN team of experts to investigate the alleged use of chemical weapons in the country. On March 20 the Government itself requested a “specialized, impartial and independent mission” to investigate allegations of chemical use in Aleppo that same month.The team has now been in Cyprus for over a week ready to deploy as soon as the Government agrees to the modalities under which it would also probe charges chemical weapons use in Homs last December following a request from Britain and France States. “I have been urging the Syrian Government to show flexibility in accepting the proposed modalities,” Mr. Ban said.Turning to Mali, he noted that security has greatly improved following “the timely actions” of French and African military forces which helped push Islamists and other militants out of the cities they had seized in the of the West African country.“However, much remains to be done to restore Mali’s constitutional order and territorial integrity,” he declared. “Military operations and stabilization are essential. But let me emphasize once again that political progress is the key to any lasting solution.”Mr. Ban voiced alarm at clashes in the Central African Republic (CAR) where rebels seized Bangui, the capital and forced President François Bozizé to flee. He urged the de facto authorities there to restore law and order throughout the country.In the neighbouring Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), he noted the recent strengthening of the UN peacekeeping mission with the establishment of an Intervention Brigade to address the problem of armed groups that have for years been sowing mayhem in the east of the vast country. Turning to the Middle East conflict, Mr. Ban welcomed the recent visits by United States President Barack Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry to Jerusalem and Ramallah in efforts to re-launch the stalled two-state peace process, with Israel and Palestine living side by side in peace and with secure borders.“We cannot allow the window for achieving a two-state solution to close any further,” he said, calling on all involved, including the diplomatic Quartet comprising the UN, European Union, Russia and US, to work “to breathe new life into the peace process, create an environment conducive for the resumption of negotiations and establish a credible political horizon for achieving a two-state solution.”On the other side of the world, the Secretary-General noted that the international community has responded “in a firm but measured way to the nuclear test, threats and other provocative acts” by the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), adding: “The recent developments have strengthened the international consensus that the DPRK will not be accepted as a nuclear-weapon-state. “I continue to urge the DPRK leadership to reverse course and return to the negotiating table,” voicing the hope that the DPRK would take seriously the recent offer of dialogue by the Republic of Korea (ROK).He also called on the international community not to lose sight of the serious humanitarian and human rights situation in the DPRK. “I sincerely hope that with the reduction of tension, the international community should also consider providing humanitarian assistance,” he said. read more
Paul Paterson (BA ’90, BEd ’05) aims to not only teach his students about history, but also to inspire and empower them to make history themselves.The Brock graduate’s innovative methods working with Grade 10 students at Westmount Secondary School in Hamilton recently earned national praise, with Paterson receiving the Governor General’s Award for Excellence in Teaching.The award was presented by the Right Honorable Julie Payette, Canada’s 29th Governor General, in a ceremony at Rideau Hall on Jan. 28.Paterson’s classroom techniques have been influenced by his time at Brock, where he first studied History and Political Science, and then participated in the University’s former Enterprise Education program.“The Brock seminar experience was really good for developing quick thinking,” says the history and world politics teacher. “Critical thinking skills are key: the ability to think on my feet, understand complex issues and debate them.”During his University days, Paterson learned how to bring an entrepreneurial mindset into the classroom: looking for opportunities to try something new, developing a clear focus and plan, and having the courage and conviction to make his ideas real.And years later, during the Canada 150 celebrations, Paterson applied that knowledge as he created his award-winning approach to teaching history.“I had a nagging malaise about the whole Canada 150 thing,” he says. “My problem was we were celebrating things we did 150 years ago, but not thinking a lot about what we do now, our next big thing.”Paterson challenged his Grade 10 students to think about what Canada 200 might look like and what actions they could take to bring that vision to fruition.Students chose to explore several areas of interest, including the environment and Indigenous and minority issues.They identified challenges and opportunities, wrote up timelines and policy proposals, and developed action plans for their ideas.The final step had students send their proposals to people who could potentially aid in their approval, such as politicians, lobbyists and bureaucrats, to request feedback on the documents.“Students routinely got answers back from all sorts of people, including premiers and ministers,” says Paterson. “The kids got excited because somebody listened and took time to respond.”In the process, students learned the power of persuasive writing and realized that their ideas have merit.For Paterson, studying history is about being able to dismantle complex issues and reassemble them, a skill that is necessary in every organization.“In the last decade, there’s been a real emphasis in education and society on STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) as the most important sectors to explore,” says Paterson. “We’re finding students saying they’re taking history because they’re not smart enough for math and science. What we do in history and social science and humanities in general is every bit as important. You have to be just as smart, just in a different way.“We should not ever marginalize any avenue of study,” he adds. “It’s only through integrative approaches that we can solve problems.” read more
The St. Louis Blues won Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final Monday night, tying their series with the Boston Bruins at two wins apiece. Before the series began, the Blues had never won a Stanley Cup Final game.1They made the final in each of their first three seasons in existence, but were swept each time. Now, they’re just two wins away from lifting the Cup.Then again, so are the Bruins. Yet the stats suggest it’s the Blues that are dominating the series (yes, even with a 7-2 loss thrown in).The Blues have dominated possession in the final. The Blues controlled possession 61 percent of the time in Game 4, according to Corsi percentage, which uses shot attempts to estimate a team’s possession rate. Aside from Game 1 the Blues have been winning the possession battle throughout the series: They controlled possession 58 percent of the time in Game 2, and despite getting embarrassed on home ice, controlled possession 61 percent of the time in Game 3.Controlling the puck has been key because the Blues haven’t been able to depend on their goalie. Rookie Jordan Binnington has been solid for the Blues in goal this postseason, but his performance in Game 3 was disastrous. He gave up five goals on just 19 shots, and recorded his fourth Really Bad Start (RBS)2Really Bad Starts is a stat that tracks when a goalie saves less than 85 percent of shots faced in a given game. When a goalie records a Really Bad Start, his team has just a 10 percent chance of winning. of the postseason. Limiting the time the Bruins spent on the attack — and therefore limiting the Bruins’ ability to steamroll an inexperienced goalie in consecutive games — allowed Binnington to bounce back from one of the worst starts of his career.The Bruins’ inability to generate scoring opportunities is an alarming trend for them in this series. An uncharacteristically awful Binnington and the Bruins’ sublime power play in Game 3 masked the fact that Boston only took 24 shots on goal. It’s unsustainable to expect 7 of 24 to go in every night. They managed just 23 shots in games 2 and 4, and lost on both occasions. The Bruins will have to find a way to possess more of the puck, and direct more shots toward Binnington’s goal, if they want to regain the lead they keep relinquishing in this series.Of course, some of this can be explained away by injuries to the Boston back line. The Bruins lost Matt Grzelcyk to a concussion in Game 2, and had to play more than two full regulation periods and overtime with only five defensemen. And in Game 4, captain Zdeno Chara took a shot to the face in the second period. Blood poured from his mouth as he made his way off the ice and down the tunnel. Chara eventually returned to the bench, his helmet equipped with a full face mask, but he never returned to the ice.The Bruins may find some small consolation in the fact that they haven’t yet been beaten in the series when they’ve had a full, healthy bench. But they’ll hope Grzelcyk and Chara, two of their best six defensemen, can get healthy quickly. Otherwise, the Blues might finally make history. read more
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Artists, dancers and creative types are being asked to submit ideas and become a part of the Big West Festival in 2015.The community based contemporary arts and culture festival will be in its 17th year and will be celebrating the theme The Inner and Outer World of the House.They are looking for multilingual and multicultural acts, that are “spirited, unusual, fun, political, and collaborative” and are open to suggestions. To be eligible you must live or work in Melbourne’s Western suburbs, submit never before performed or exhibited work and should be able to be performed in any location and setting. The closing date for submissions is October 30 2014.Successful projects will receive financial assistance towards artists’ fees.The biennial event runs for 12 days in November and is the biggest community-based arts and culture festival in the western region of Melbourne.It’s aim is to challenge perceptions of the west as culturally impoverished by highlighting the rich diversity of local area and give local artists a platform.The festival is also looking for volunteers to fill usher, production crew and other roles for the November and December events.To make a submission call Marcia on 9689 4880 or email firstname.lastname@example.orgVisit www.bigwest.com.au for more information. read more
Nicolas Sarkozy salue la fermeture de MegauploadLe Chef de l’État a officiellement approuvé la décision de la justice américaine de fermer le site de téléchargement illégal Megaupload et de ses filiales.La réaction n’aura pas mis longtemps à arriver. Alors que la fermeture de Megaupload par la justice américaine n’a été prononcé que jeudi soir, l’Élysée a communiqué sur le sujet lors de la nuit, se félicitant de la décision des Etats-Unis. Très engagé dans la bataille contre le téléchargement illégal, comme le prouve la mise en place de l’Hadopi en France, Nicolas Sarkozy a salué l’évènement. “La mise à disposition illégale, par ce service, d’œuvres protégées par le droit d’auteur, permettait à ses promoteurs de réaliser des profits criminels sous la forme de recettes publicitaires ou d’abonnements de ses usagers. La lutte contre les sites de téléchargement direct ou de streaming illégaux, qui fondent leur modèle commercial sur le piratage des œuvres, constitue une impérieuse nécessité pour la préservation de la diversité culturelle et le renouvellement de la création. C’est le financement des industries culturelles dans leur ensemble qui est mis en cause par ce type d’opérateurs. Le moment est donc venu d’une collaboration judiciaire et policière active entre États pour porter un coup d’arrêt à leur développement”, expliquait ainsi un communiqué de la présidence française, relayé par Le Monde.À lire aussiQuand des Américains assistent à la naissance d’un bébé phoque sur une plageNicolas Sarkozy a aussi appelé ses ministres et l’Hadopi à suivre cet exemple donné par les États-Unis dans cette lutte. Il “invite les ministres concernés ainsi que la Hadopi, qui vient d’engager une consultation à ce sujet, à étudier rapidement l’utilité de compléter notre législation par de nouvelles dispositions et à lui faire, le cas échéant, des propositions en ce sens”. De son côté, alors que François Hollande avait proposé de supprimer l’Hadopi il y a quelques jours, le PS a, par la voix d’Aurélie Filippetti, en charge des questions de téléchargement pour la campagne de candidat socialiste, jugé cette fermeture “normale” au micro de France Inter. Au final, seul le Parti pirate a sévèrement jugé la décision, parlant de “surenchère répressive autour du partage et de la diffusion de la culture”. Maxime Rouquet, co-président du mouvement, a expliqué via un communiqué que cette solution était contraire à l’intérêt de tous. “Au lieu de doter l’industrie du droit d’auteur de toujours plus de moyens répressifs, et de traiter comme un réseau de mafieux toute plateforme qui génère du profit en diffusant des oeuvres, il faudrait mettre en place un mécanisme simple et équitable pour que les auteurs et les artistes tirent profit de la diffusion commerciale de leurs œuvres”, détaille-t-il. Le débat semble bien loin d’être clos sur le sujet… Le 20 janvier 2012 à 12:45 • Maxime Lambert read more
WSVN — Of course having the right supplies will make storm preps and cleanup easier. 7’s Belkys Nerey has your hurricane hardware.When a storm is fast approaching, you don’t want to have to be waiting in long lines for the right hardware to secure your home and property.Scattini Rameau of Little Haiti Hardware: “It’s important that you’re prepared. It can mean the difference between life and death in some cases unfortunately.”And that means now is the time to make sure you have everything you need before, during and after a storm.Scattini Rameau: “You really do need batteries, you really do need flashlights.”Make sure to have a variety AA, AAA, C and D batteries and make sure to have flashlights and a battery powered TV and radio handy in case the power goes out. The roof is a big target that can cause a lot of trouble, you want to be able to make quick repairs if it is damaged in a storm.Scattini Rameau: “Tarps are good. You want to put that down with 1×2’s and screw them in or nail them down. But tarps are not a protection. They’re just good to keep water out.” Once the storm passes you are likely going to have some cleanup.Scattini Rameau: “You will need heavy duty garbage bags. You should have gloves, chainsaws, a machete to cut small branches.”Remember, now is the time to act, because before every storm many of these items are in short supply.Scattini Rameau: “Everyone’s trying to get the same things that you’re trying to get. So, it would be best that your had it prior.”Plus you have less chance of being injured if you are not running around trying to put up shutters at the last minute.FOR MORE INFORMATION:LITTLE HAITI HARDWARE & SUPPLY 4715 NW 2nd Ave, Miami, FL 33127(305) 757-7370B & B SHUTTERS10490 SW 66th St, Miami, FL 33173(305) 273-7696Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Robert Buzzella: “These stack on the top of the other for storage. And when you take them down off of the wall, you don’t have anything on the side of the window.”Just make sure you know which panel goes to which window. If you are going with plywood, now is the time to act.Scattini Rameau: “I strongly recommend five eighths plywood. We run out of plywood very fast.”And it’s a good idea to get it ready to install before a storm approaches.Scattini Rameau: “Months prior to hurricane season, you might want to pre-cut each window, mark them so that you can remember which plywood goes to which window.”You’ll also need supplies like screws or wing nut and tools, such as wing nut drivers and drills to secure everything. Be sure to plug in your battery operated tools before the storm hits, so they are fully charged if you lose power.Scattini Rameau: “It would be wise to keep tools around your house to fix things that you’re able to fix to secure your home.” Another vulnerable spot is your windows.Robert Buzzella of B&B Shutters Inc.: “Now is the time to act. Don’t wait for a storm to be on our doorstep.”If you don’t have impact windows, you’ll need plywood or shutters.Robert Buzzella: “They’re very important. If anyone down here has been through a storm, they know what I’m talking about.”If you have aluminum shutters, make sure to lubricate them to keep them moving.Robert Buzzella: “Lubricate your threads in here that go in to the locking pin. That white lithium grease will last a few years. If they don’t do that, then you need to W-D40 them once a year at least.”Metal hurricane panels are another option. read more