Alyssa tipped to spearhead nat’l team

first_imgIn the same meeting, Cayco said superstar Alyssa Valdez showed up at the national team headquarters inside Arellano University.“I even joked with Alyssa that this is the only time I’m pleased her team didn’t make the finals,” said Cayco, referring to Creamline’s ouster from the ongoing Premier Volleyball League Reinforced Conference finals.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutValdez is expected to make the team, along with Mika Reyes, Aby Maraño, Rachel Anne Daquis, Jaja Santiago, Denden Lazaro, Jovelyn Gonzaga, Kim Fajardo, Ces Molina and Maika Ortiz. World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken Australia training awaits 10 junior netters 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire View comments What ‘missteps’? Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netThe national women’s team final lineup for the Southeast Asian Games and the Asian Seniors will be bared this Wednesday, according to Larong Volleyball sa Pilipinas, Inc.LVPI acting president Pete Cayco said the list of 12 regular members and two reserve players was completed during their meeting with players and coaches on Friday.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Gameslast_img read more

Tougher road to four-peat for La Salle after loss to FEU

first_imgPhilippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Instead of marching on to the semifinals with already the all-important privilege in tow, La Salle will have to face University of Santo Tomas first in a playoff for the second seed after the two teams finished the elimination round with identical 10-4 cards.DLSU head coach Ramil De Jesus told his players to just forget about the loss and instead fix the mistakes ahead of its duel against the Golden Tigresses.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“I told them to not think about the loss today because it would be hard for us on Wednesday if we’re still carrying the burden of today’s game,” said De Jesus in Filipino.“What’s important for us is their performance today, it wasn’t that all bad and there were just wrong decisions made along the way. The players also made some good decisions during the game.” MOST READ DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Graduating Kath Arado eyes UE assistant coach role Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. De Jesus, though, admitted the playoff against the Golden Tigresses is an added concern for them in their path for a fourth straight title.“This is a big thing for us, but we just have to accept it,” said De Jesus. “FEU wanted the win more today. We can’t just ask them to give us the win, that won’t be it. If we want to win, we have to work hard for it.”“We won’t get the four-peat if we don’t work hard for it.”ADVERTISEMENT Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—Defending champion De La Salle could’ve sealed its twice-to-beat advantage in the Final Four had it beaten No. 4 Far Eastern University in its final game in the UAAP Season 81 women’s volleyball tournament.The Lady Spikers couldn’t pull it off after the Lady Tamaraws spoiled the fun with a five-set stunner, 25-22, 13-25, 15-25, 27-25, 15-8, Sunday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess View commentslast_img read more

Mikus double strike helps Bengaluru beat FC Pune City 3-1

first_imgPune, Dec 14 (PTI) A double strike from striker Miku helped Bengaluru FC defeat FC Pune City 3-1 after being a goal down in their Indian Super League encounter here today.Venezuelan Miku (64th minute and 78th) and skipper Sunil Chhetri (95th) starred for Bengaluru at the Balewadi Sports Complex here as the side registered their fourth win this season to cement their place the top of points table.Adil Khan (35th minute) scored for lone goal for Pune City.Punes aggressive approach helped them take a 1-0 in the 35th minute, courtesy a stunning header from mid-fielder Khan, who also starred in their win against Jamshedpur FC.Spanish mid-fielder Marcos Tebar passed it to Issac Vanmalsawma Chhakchhuak, who in-turn gave a long cross to an unmarked Khan, who netted the ball with an excellent header.Earlier, in the 13th minute, Chhetri misjudged a pass to forward Nicholas Fedor.Initially, nothing went in Bengalurus favour as their players were way off target. In the 26th minute, Chhetri shot at the right corner of the goal on a free-kick, only to be saved by the opposition keeper with a dive. Pune were 1-0 ahead at the halftime.Pune City were down to 10 men in the 55th minute when Baljit Sahni got his second yellow card.After the break, Bengaluru made it 1-1. In one of their attacks, the ball came to Spaniard Braullio Rodrigues inside the 18-yard-box, who cut it back for Miku to send it past Pune keeper Vishal Kaith.In the 78th minute, Miku made it 2-1. Edu Garcia had a shot on the goal, which was blocked by Rafa Lopez and as the Pune players were appealing for a hand ball, Miku slotted the ball to the right corner of the net.advertisementIn the injury time, Chhetri scored his second goal of the season to hand Pune a 3-1 defeat. PTI NRB PDS PDSlast_img read more

England Lions draw first unofficial Test versus India ‘A’

first_imgOllie Pope (63) and Sam Hain (57) stood out on the final day with fighting half centuries as England Lions drew the first unofficial Test against India ‘A’ at the Krishnagiri stadium here Sunday.Beginning day four at 20 for no loss, openers Ben Duckett (30) and Max Holden (29) looked positive and brought up the team’s 50 in the 12th over.India ‘A’ captain Ankit Bawne rotated his bowlers around, in an attempt to break the partnership. However, Duckett and Holden made smooth progress, hitting some crisp shots in the process.Paceman Avesh Khan got the first breakthrough for the home side, when he had Duckett caught by KL Rahul after the openers had added 82.Holden went seven overs later, giving Jalaj Saxena, who plays for Kerala in domestic cricket, his first wicket in the second innings.Hain and 21-year old Pope, a highly rated batsmen who has played two Tests so far, joined forces and defied the India ‘A’ bowlers for the next couple of hours.They were willing to play the waiting game and didn’t miss out on scoring opportunities.The 105-run partnership went a long way in ensuring that the visiting team, who were at the receiving end in the ODI series preceding the ‘Tests’, stayed in the game.The right-handed Pope played some attractive strokes as he picked up 10 fours in his 122-ball knock.Hain was more restrained and his innings lasted 178 balls.Pope became the first of Shahbaz Nadeem’s victims, nicking one to ‘keeper K S Bharat.Skipper Sam Billings didn’t have a great game, falling for just 5, off Nadeem’s bowling.advertisementThere was a brief stoppage due to mild showers and on resumption, the Lions lost two wickets before Steven Mullaney (3 from 38 balls) and Will Jacks (13 for 31 balls) knuckled down and denied India ‘A’.The match was called off when England Lions were ahead by 14 runs and teams decided a result was not possible. India ‘A’ opener Priyank Panchal, who slammed a double century, was named man of the match.The second unofficial Test begins in Mysuru on February 13.Brief scores: England Lions 340 all out in 104.3 overs (Ben Duckett 80, Will Jacks 63, Sam Hain 61; Navdeep Saini 5/79) and 214 for 5 in 83 overs (Ollie Pope 63, Sam Hain 57, Jalaj Saxena 2/41) drew India ‘A’ 540 for 6 declared in 134.5 overs (Priyank Panchal 206, K S Bharat 142, K L Rahul 89; Zak Chappell 3/105). Man of the Match: P K Panchallast_img read more

Barzagli: Buffon the greatest of all time

first_imgJuventus Buffon hailed as ‘the greatest of all time’ by Barzagli ahead of Juventus exit Sacha Pisani 16:01 5/20/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Gigi Buffon Juventus Verona Serie A Getty Juventus Juventus v Hellas Verona Hellas Verona Serie A The legendary goalkeeper has taken in his final game for the Bianconceri, with a new chapter in his illustrious career set to be opened in 2018-19 Andrea Barzagli lauded team-mate Gianluigi Buffon as the greatest goalkeeper of all time after the Juventus captain played his final game for the Italian champions.There were emotional scenes in Turin where iconic Italian keeper and nine-time Serie A winner Buffon, 40, farewelled Juve in Saturday’s 2-1 victory over relegated Verona.Buffon announced on Thursday that he would be calling time on his 17-year Juve career and the Italy international signed off in style, receiving an emotional standing ovation as he was substituted in the second half. 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 With Goal revealing that French champions Paris Saint-Germain are ready to double his salary for 2018-19, Buffon hugged each of his Juve team-mates and several Verona opponents as he made way for Carlo Pinsoglio in the 63rd minute.Barzagli, who shared a warm embrace with Buffon on the pitch, told Sky Sport Italia: “I don’t know where he’ll go, it’s a surprise.”He’ll make the right choice. I have always told him everything and we have a great rapport.”We’ll miss him, he’s a leader and the greatest goalkeeper of all time. He is a man who in the locker room lets everyone take a step up in quality.”He never says anything without thinking it over and everyone listens.”Over the last two years, I’ve lost a lot in terms of pace and reaction times, but have improved in reading the game. It’s a struggle against fast players and experience does help.”Fellow Juventus defender Mehdi Benatia added: “I am sad that the captain is leaving. I’ve played with many champions, but Gigi is special, both on and off the field.”His departure really does leave a hole in Juventus.”last_img read more

Virat Kohli reflects on 11-year journey in international cricket with heartwarming message

first_imgVirat Kohli reflects on 11-year journey in international cricket with heartwarming messageIndia tour of West Indies 2019: Virat Kohli, who made his international debut on August 18, 2008, will lead India in the inaugural edition of World Test Championships, starting August 22 with a 2-Test series against the West Indies.advertisement India Today Web Desk New DelhiAugust 19, 2019UPDATED: August 19, 2019 09:39 IST Virat Kohli is the only batsman to have scored 20,000 runs in international cricket in a decade (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSVirat Kohli said he is blessed to have completed 11 years in international cricketKohli made his international debut on August 18, 2008 against Sri Lanka in DambullaKohli has been rested from the ongoing 3-day practice match in AntiguaVirat Kohli completed 11 years in international cricket on Sunday and the India skipper came up with a heartwarming post to mark the milestone moment in his celebrated career.”From starting as a teenager on the same day in 2008 to reflecting on the journey 11 years after, I couldn’t have dreamt of the blessings God has showered me with. May you all get the strength and power to follow your dreams and always follow the right path,” Kohli wrote on social media while posting photographs of himself from 2008 and 2019.When Virat Kohli made his ODI debut in 2008 in Dambulla, not many would have predicted a meteroic rise for the then chubby Delhi batsman. Kohli was dismissed for 18 in his first innings and went without a hundred in his first year in international cricket.From starting as a teenager on the same day in 2008 to reflecting on the journey 11 years after, I couldn’t have dreamt of the blessings God has showered me with. May you all get the strength and power to follow your dreams and always follow the right path. #forevergrateful Kohli (@imVkohli) August 19, 2019Nonetheless, Kohli scored his maiden hundred against Sri Lanka in Kolkata in 2009 and only became more consistent in the following years. Since 2011, the skipper has scored more than 1000 runs in ODI cricket, barring two seasons — 2015 and 2016.Virat Kohli impressed so much so early in his career that the U-19 World Cup-winning captain was included in the World Cup squad in 2011. Kohli scored a crucial 35 as India went on to complete a successful 275-run chase against Sri Lanka in the final at the Wankhede Stadium.advertisementVirat Kohli, who is among the fittest sportspersons in the world, has often spoken about how a poor Indian Premier League season in 2012 and the horror run in England in 2014 were big learning curves in his career.Kohli has never had dull moments in his international career after the 2014 series in England wherein he managed 134 runs in 10 innings. The India captain made amends for it by topping the batting charts when India went to England in 2018. Kohli hit 593 runs in 10 innings and smashed 2 hundreds as welll.Virat Kohli took over from MS Dhoni as the Test side’s captain in 2014 and has led the team to major victories in the recent past. While India gave South Africa and England a run for their money in 2018, Kohli’s men became the first Indian team to win a Test series in Australia when they completed a 2-1 win Down Under earlier this year.Kohli has also been breaking records at will across all formats. With 68 hundreds, Kohi is just 32 behind Sachin Tendulkar’s all-time record of 100 hundreds. Meanwhile, Kohli, the top-ranked batsman in ODIs and Tests, became the first batsman to score 20.000 runs in a decade.Virat Kohli is gearing up to lead Indiia in the inaugural Test Championship, starting August 22 with a 2-Test series against West Indies. The India captain has been rested from the ongoing 3-day practice match agianst West Indies A in Antigua due to a thumb injury he picked up during the ODI series.Also Read | India vs West Indies A: Ishant Sharma, Hanuma Vihari help visitors take 200-run lead on Day 2Also Read | Virat Kohli to have a stand named after him at Feroz Shah Kotla stadium in DelhiAlso Read | Virat Kohli ahead of Sachin Tendulkar, MS Dhoni as most followed cricketer on social mediaAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow Virat KohliFollow India national cricket teamlast_img read more

‘The Art of Leaving’: Gavaskar got it right, Kapil Dev didn’t but what about Dhoni?

first_img Next ‘The Art of Leaving’: Gavaskar got it right, Kapil Dev didn’t but what about Dhoni?The continued suspense over Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s future has revived the debate on whether the biggest icons in Indian cricket know when the time is right to bow out of the scene gracefully.advertisement Press Trust of India MumbaiSeptember 23, 2019UPDATED: September 23, 2019 16:51 IST MS Dhoni is unlikely to be available for India assignments even in November. (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSMS Dhoni made himself unavailable for selection for West Indies tour and South Africa seriesThe former India skipper is likely to extend his break til NovemberSunil Gavaskar earlier said Dhoni should be going without being pushed outA few get it right but quite a few others struggle with the timing when it comes to the dreaded ‘R word’ in the star-spangled firmament of Indian cricket.The continued suspense over Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s future has revived the debate on whether the biggest icons in Indian cricket know when the time is right to bow out of the scene gracefully.The 38-year-old Dhoni has been on a sabbatical for more than two months now and is unlikely to be available for India assignments even in November.But there is no word on whether he plans to call it a day from international cricket despite a clamour for it.”It’s highly unlikely that Dhoni will be available against Bangladesh (away series). In BCCI, we prepare a 45-day match schedule (international and domestic), training, anti-doping whereabouts chart for all senior and A team cricketer. There is nothing marked against Dhoni,” a BCCI source told PTI.It has been learnt that Dhoni is also not going to play the Vijay Hazare National One-Day championship for Jharkhand which starts tomorrow.”I think he (Dhoni) should be going without being pushed out. We need to look beyond Mahendra Singh Dhoni. He, at least, doesn’t figure in my team,” Sunil Gavaskar recently said as an expert on national television.But then Gavaskar had always walked the talk as a cricketer.No one did it better than Gavaskar, who played one of his finest innings in his farewell Test against Pakistan, 96 on a Chinnaswamy “snake pit”, where the ball jumped and turned square.advertisementIt was 1987 and Gavaskar was 37 but with his impeccable technique, could have well played till the tour of Pakistan in 1989.But no one knew the “art of leaving” better than Gavaskar, whether on 22 yards or off it. He knew he didn’t enjoy it anymore even though he could have still performed banking on his muscle memory.As the cliche goes, one should retire when people are asking “why” rather than “when”, which late Vijay Merchant had once put so succinctly.But not every great cricketer had a sense of timing like Gavaskar.Kapil Dev, one of the greatest ever to don the national colours, was a pale shadow of his old self, after the tour of Australia in 1991.There was a record in sight and Kapil continued despite loss of pace. The then skipper Mohammed Azharuddin would bowl him for a few overs and then go back to his spinners.There was a feeling in the Indian cricket fraternity that Javagal Srinath, one of the fastest bowlers of his time, lost three years of Test cricket at home as the establishment didn’t know how to send the message across to Kapil.”You start playing at the age of 10, may be make your debut at 20 and go onto play till 35. That’s 25 years of your life doing just one thing. You have earned money, your finances are in place but suddenly you don’t know what else you are good at. It’s not about money but about life’s larger picture,” a senior India cricketer, who himself is at crossroads, told PTI.While trying to contact eminent cricketers, one could understand why everyone is cagey while talking about “timing of retirement” as far as Dhoni is concerned.Gavaskar has addressed the “Elephant in the Room” as far as BCCI and the selection committee is concerned but that’s not the case with Dhoni’s contemporaries.Most of them, who don’t wish to be quoted, agreed that it is more to do with that one final hurrah that makes them push for it.”Many times you are dropped and you feel angry. You want to prove a point. You want to retire from the ground. You want your Sachin Tendulkar moment, albeit in a smaller way but with the feeling of warmth and sense of achievement. No one wants that silent goodbye. We live in a bubble and are not adjusted to a quiet self,” said another recently-retired cricketer.If Gavaskar got it totally right and Kapil got it awfully wrong, there are certainly a few, who could read the tell-tale signs when they were nearing an end.Sourav Ganguly, after those tumultuous years under Greg Chappell, had a great last two years in Test cricket, but when he announced his retirement prior to the 2008 Australia series, one could gauge that he didn’t want another trial by fire from the selectors under a new Test captain — guess who? Mahendra Singh Dhoni.It was on Dhoni’s suggestion that Ganguly and Rahul Dravid were dropped from the ODI side on account of being slow runners between the wickets.advertisementIf it came to reading the signals, Dravid was even better. In 2011, he was suddenly called back into the ODI side in the wake of a good Test series show.A veteran of many battles, Dravid didn’t let the Krishnamachari Srikkanth-led committee control his fate and announced that the ODI series will be his last in the limited overs format.Six months down the line and one bad Australia away series later, he knew he had nothing left in the tank even though he wouldn’t have been dropped.For Sachin Tendulkar, it was absolutely different as he wasn’t getting those hundreds but was still looking good and scoring runs.The erstwhile chairman of selectors Sandeep Patil later confessed that they did want to have a fresh outlook in ODIs and conveyed the message to Tendulkar, which prompted him to first retire from ODIs in December, 2012.Virender Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir were two players, who took time to fathom that Indian cricket had moved beyond them and overstayed their invitation.Mahendra Singh Dhoni has been a huge servant of Indian cricket. But as Sushant Singh Rajput, the reel Dhoni said in the blockbuster ‘Untold Story”, “We are all servants and we are all doing national duty.Also Read | MS Dhoni should go without being pushed out: Sunil Gavaskar to India TodayAlso Read | MS Dhoni unavailable for selection until NovemberFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAnita Jatlast_img read more

APM Inks Deal for New Bulk Cargo Terminal in Georgia

first_imgzoom Port and terminal operator APM Terminals Poti has signed an agreement with Poti New Terminals Consortium for a new bulk cargo terminal.On January 12, the parties inked a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for a USD 100 million dollar investment in the terminal that can process 1.5 million tons of dry bulk cargo annually and generate new trade opportunities for customers in the Georgian transit corridor.The new terminal is expected to be built on APM Terminals Poti land and infrastructure and will entail the construction, development and operation of a new breakwater, dry bulk cargo terminal and related infrastructure to serve bulk cargo customers.Poti New Terminals’ expertise will design, develop and manage the dry bulk cargo terminal to today’s world-class port standards.APM Terminals Poti is a Black Sea gateway port serving the logistics industry in the Caucasus and Central Asia markets.last_img read more


first_imgAdvertisement Also on the cast are Jonny Beauchamp and Julia Chan. Jonny will play Jorge/Ginger Lopez, a drag performer with Broadway aspirations, while Julia plays Pepper Smith, an It girl influencer.There is not yet a premiere date for Katy Keene, but we’ll definitely be tuning in. Former Pretty Little Liars star Lucy Hale will lead the cast of a planned Riverdale spinoff.The actress will return as the title character Katy Keene in Katy Keene from Riverdale.Written by Riverdale creator/executive producer Robert Aguirre-Sacasa, the new show follows the lives of four iconic Archie Comics characters, including fashionista Keene and Josie & the Pussycats leader Josie McCoy, played by Ashleigh Murray, as they chase their dreams in New York City. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Lucy Hale Advertisementcenter_img Advertisement Facebook Twitter Login/Register With:last_img read more

DuVernay LL Cool J to receive Harvard WEB Du Bois medals

first_imgCAMBRIDGE, Mass. – “Selma” director Ava DuVernay and rapper LL Cool J are among the recipients of Harvard University’s 2017 W.E.B. Du Bois medals honouring those who have made significant contributions to African and African-American history and culture.The school announced Monday that they will be honoured at the fifth-annual Hutchins Center Honors on Oct. 4 in Cambridge, Massachusetts.Other medallists this year include Democratic political strategist Donna Brazile, artist Kara Walker, Microsoft Chairman John Thompson and Ford Foundation President Darren Walker.The awards are presented by the Hutchins Center for African and African American Research at Harvard University.Last year’s honorees included actress Pam Grier.W.E.B. Du Bois was a civil rights activist, historian and sociologist who died in 1963.last_img read more

UNbacked conference adopts declaration on noncommunicable diseases

In the Moscow Declaration, delegates to the First Global Ministerial Conference on Healthy Lifestyles and Noncommunicable Disease Control, held in the Russian capital, stressed that non-communicable diseases (NCDs) – mainly heart conditions, diabetes, cancers and chronic respiratory diseases – are the leading causes of preventable morbidity and disability.The diseases currently cause more than 60 per cent of global deaths, 80 per cent of which occur in developing countries, the delegates to the conference, organized by the UN World Health Organization (WHO) and Russian Government, pointed out. It is projected that the diseases will to 75 per cent of worldwide deaths by 2030, they added.“Many countries are now facing extraordinary challenges from the double burden of disease: communicable diseases and non-communicable diseases,” the ministers said in their declaration.“This requires adapting health systems and health policies, and a shift from disease-centred to people-centred approaches and population health measures. Vertical initiatives are insufficient to meet complex population needs, so integrated solutions that engage a range of disciplines and sectors are needed. Strengthening health systems in this way results in improved capacity to respond to a range of diseases and conditions.”The Moscow Declaration stresses that evidence-based and cost-effective interventions exist to prevent and control NCDs at global, regional, national and local levels, giving the example of measures to control tobacco use, reduce salt intake and reduce the harmful use of alcohol.Particular attention should be paid to the promotion of healthy diets, including low consumption of saturated fats, trans-fats, salt and sugar, high consumption of fruits and vegetables, and physical activity in all aspects of daily living, according to the declaration.Effective NCD prevention and control requires the active and informed participation and leadership of individuals, families and communities, civil society organizations, the private sector, employers, health care providers and the international community, it adds.The declaration also calls for the implementation of effective policies for the prevention and control of non-communicable diseases at national and global levels, including those relevant to achieving the goals of the 2008-2013 Action Plan for the Global Strategy for the Prevention and Control of Noncommunicable Diseases, the WHO Global Strategy to Reduce the Harmful Use of Alcohol, and the Global Strategy on Diet, Physical Activity and Health.At the international level, the declaration calls upon WHO and all other relevant UN system agencies and other key international organizations to work together in a coordinated manner to address NCDs.It calls for the consideration of possible means to facilitate the access of low- and middle income countries to affordable, safe, effective and high quality medicines for the treatment and control of NCDs, based on needs and resource assessments.“With a view to securing an ambitious and sustainable outcome, we commit to actively engaging with all relevant sectors of government, on the basis of this Moscow Declaration, in the preparation of and the follow-up to the United Nations General Assembly High-level Meeting on the Prevention and Control of NCDs in September 2011 in New York.” 29 April 2011Health ministers from around the world meeting under the auspices of the United Nations today adopted measures to strengthen the fight against the non-communicable diseases, including the promotion of healthy lifestyles and encouraging a multi-sectoral approach to prevention and treatment of the illnesses. read more

AsiaPacific nations seek faster response against HIV at UN gathering

6 February 2012Although the Asia-Pacific region has witnessed widespread gains in combating the spread of HIV, experts at a United Nations meeting were told today that the epidemic is still outpacing the region’s efforts against new infections. The three-day conference, which opened today at the Bangkok headquarters of the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), will mark the first-time government leaders, senior officials, civil society representatives and people living with HIV from 34 Asia-Pacific countries meet in a single forum to tackle the ongoing epidemic in the region. “The Asia-Pacific region has seen impressive gains in addressing HIV,” said ESCAP Executive Secretary Noeleen Heyzer in her address to the gathering, “but the epidemic is still outpacing the response,” she warned. Over the past decade, the Asia-Pacific saw a 20 per cent drop in HIV infection rates and over one million people in the region obtained access to life-saving antiretroviral treatment. The incidence of HIV among children below the age of 15 also declined. However, while new infections in high HIV-prevalence countries such as India and Thailand tapered off between 2001 and 2009, infections in low HIV-prevalence countries such as Bangladesh and the Philippines increased by 25 per cent over the same period. “To move us closer towards the vision of zero new infections, zero discrimination and zero AIDS-related deaths, we must ensure sustainable and high-impact responses by explicitly and meaningfully addressing HIV within the broader inclusive development agenda of the Asia-Pacific region,” Dr. Heyzer added. In Asia, HIV is largely spread through unsafe drug use, sex work and among men who have sex with men (MSM) – the latter comprising a major source of new infections in urban areas. Without significant investment and scaling up of MSM programmes, the conference was told, the MSM demographic is projected to account for roughly half of new HIV infections in Asia by 2020. In addition, an estimated 90 per cent of Asia-Pacific countries have punitive laws, policies or practices that block access to services for people at risk of and living with HIV/AIDS. Stigma and discrimination are also widespread among the infected, contributing to loss of jobs and diminished access to health care. “For the first time in history we have the possibility to end AIDS and Asia-Pacific nations have shown we can lead the world in reducing infections, increasing treatment and making an impact,” said Ratu Epeli Nailatikau, President of Fiji. “But we cannot ignore the challenges our region faces and how these can jeopardize our ability to progress,” he noted. read more

UN force holds talks with Israeli and Lebanese officials to reduce border

The head of the United Nations peacekeeping force in Lebanon today met with senior officials from the Lebanese and Israeli militaries as part of ongoing efforts to reduce tensions and boost security along the countries’ border.Major-General Paola Serra, the Force Commander of the UN Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL), held talks with representatives of both the Lebanese Armed Forces and the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) at the UN Position at Ras Al Naqoura crossing.The meeting focused on discussing additional security measures along the Blue Line in the general area near the town of Kafr Kila, with the aim of minimizing the chance of sporadic tensions or misunderstandings, according to a press statement from UNIFIL.Major-General Serra, who described the discussions as “very constructive,” said both sides were clearly interested in strengthening security in the area.“The IDF presented their plan to construct a wall to replace the existing Israeli technical fence. The wall will be on the line where the technical fence is at present,” the statement noted.“UNIFIL achieved full understanding both with LAF as well as with IDF on the scope and technical details of the works that are to be carried out. UNIFIL’s primary endeavour will be now to enable necessary security during the works and to ensure that there is no violation of the Blue Line in the process.” 23 February 2012The head of the United Nations peacekeeping force in Lebanon today met with senior officials from the Lebanese and Israeli militaries as part of ongoing efforts to reduce tensions and boost security along the countries’ border. read more

Statement of Intent for new graduate diploma

The Jack and Nora Walker Centre for Lifespan Development Research has submitted a Statement of Intent that it wishes to introduce a new graduate diploma in clinical psychology and counselling.As part of the approval process, the statement is being made available for the information of the University community to allow the opportunity for comment prior to moving to the next step of the internal quality assurance process.Please view the Statement of Intent online. The posting will remain in place for 21 days, until 4:30 p.m. on May 22, 2013.Comments on the above proposal must be submitted by 4:30 p.m. May 22, 2013 via the links provided below. In submitting your response, please include the new diploma title in the subject line.Please send comments to: and Drew Dane, Chair, Graduate Diploma in Clinical Psychology and Counselling Committee. read more

SSAS profile Sarah Holmes

Sarah Holmes believes that small changes to daily habits can have a large impact on environmental sustainability.“It doesn’t take much to become more conscious about using less water, turning off lights, and taking public transit,” she says. “The more we do to set a good example, the better off we will be.”Holmes is one of nine students who began master’s studies this fall in Brock’s new Sustainability Science and Society graduate program. She graduated from Brock in 2011 with an honours BA in Geography and then completed a post-graduate certificate in Geographic Information Systems – Geospatial Management, from Niagara College in 2012.She’s thrilled to be back at Brock as part of the new interdisciplinary program and to have an opportunity to work with her supervisor, Prof. Marilyne Jollineau.“I’ve had a long-standing interest in interdisciplinary studies because as a geographer, I look through many lenses to see the earth and society,” says Holmes. “These lenses are not only environmental but socio-cultural, economical and historical.”Renewable energy, carbon footprints and water quality are a few of the areas that she’s considering as topics for her major research paper. She’s looking forward to matching her research interest with a one-term co-op placement as part of her degree requirements.“You always want to better the environment that you live in,” she says.Holmes recently shared her thoughts about actions that everyone can take to lead more environmentally sustainable lifestyles:What does it mean to live a more sustainable life?“In order to achieve sustainable living a balance must be reached between the earth and consumption of resources. For example: energy conservation such as renewables; transportation design such as transit oriented development; and green architecture such as green roofs can be cost effective at a lower impact to the environment.”What action, small or large, can people take to become more sustainable?“Actions such as recycling, ethical consumerism, and being a part of community environmental programs are all things that can be done to become more sustainable.”What actions do you do to live a more sustainable lifestyle?“Personally, I take public transportation, I’m an adamant recycler and energy conserver and I research sustainable practices as well as stay up to date with green technologies.”What is your best tip for someone trying to live a more sustainable life?“My first tip would be for someone to research sustainable living to become more aware of the various aspects of their personal lives in which they can improve. Look within their own life, from shopping habits to driving and alternative modes of transportation to product and energy consumption. Many small changes on a personal level can have a great impact.”*****Related: New graduate program aims to facilitate transition towards sustainability read more

Urban Meyer on Ohio State vs Michigan Its not just another game

OSU coach Urban Meyer and Michigan coach Brady Hoke talk with their teams before a game between the teams Nov. 24, 2012, at Ohio Stadium. OSU won, 26-21.Credit: Lantern file photoThe message from Ohio State football coach Urban Meyer was clear: The Buckeyes game this weekend against archrival Michigan holds more weight than any other.“It’s not just another game. It’s not,” Meyer said Monday during his weekly press conference.The Buckeyes (11-0, 7-0) look to complete their second straight undefeated regular season Saturday when they pay a visit to Ann Arbor, Mich., to take on the Wolverines (7-4, 3-4) at 12 p.m.Meyer said he didn’t realize how big of a game the yearly contest with Michigan is until he was named a graduate assistant at OSU in 1986, but did learn early on how much the rivalry meant.“I grew up in the ‘Ten Year War,’ and I learned to dislike Michigan at a very young age,” Meyer said. “But, no, you never really truly appreciate it until you’re behind the walls here and find out how serious it is.”After muttering the word “Michigan” and being told by a reporter he had done so, Meyer, perplexed, excused himself quickly.“Did I really?” Meyer asked. “Wow. I apologize.”The “Ten Year War” was a decade of games between OSU and Michigan between 1969-78, where legendary coaches Woody Hayes and Bo Schembechler stood toe to toe in 10 games largely considered the best of the rivalry.“That rivalry’s been stimulated a long time ago, and we need to carry it on and make it stronger,” Meyer said.With such a great rivalry comes great memories, and for Meyer there is no exception.“I was driving to work on a Monday morning, I was a 21-year-old graduate assistant, and I look up on those twin towers by the stadium, and it says ‘Muck Fichigan’ in sheets hanging off,” Meyer said. “I said ‘That is really cool right there.’ And then they switched the ‘M’ and the ‘F’ and someone made them take it down.”Michigan coach Brady Hoke has seen his team struggle lately, losing three out of its last four games including a 24-21 decision at Iowa last week. The rivalry with OSU puts that on the back burner though.“It’s just such a great rivalry that we’re very fortunate to be able to play in, to be able to coach in,” Hoke said during a Monday press conference. “It’s the game that’s talked about, and it’s going to be a lot of fun on Saturday to play football.”Pulling the upset at home would put an end to OSU’s perfect season. It would also hurt the Buckeyes’ chances at a national title as they find themselves ranked third in the BCS, but Hoke said that’s something that isn’t discussed.“We don’t talk about that. We talk about ourselves. We focus on what we have to do. We’ve never, ever mentioned it and I won’t,” Hoke said. “That’s not what it’s about. It’s about us playing our best football for our seniors, and in the greatest rivalry in sport, that’s what it is.”It would appear that Meyer’s players understand the gravity of the final game of the regular season as well, many of whom still have a bad taste in their mouths from falling to the Wolverines 40-34 at Michigan Stadium in 2011. OSU is 23-1 since that game, though.“It’s a good feeling to know that we’re going back there and we got some momentum behind us,” junior defensive lineman Michael Bennett said Monday. “It’s a hard place to play … but it’ll be a fun game to get a W at their place.”The Buckeyes clinched the Big Ten Leaders Division Title against Indiana last Saturday, earning a spot in the conference title game against No. 11 Michigan State Dec. 7. Don’t expect them to be looking past Michigan with the date with the Spartans on the horizon, though.“We’re focused on this week like we are every year, regardless of our record or their record. It doesn’t matter,” Bennett said. “Whatever’s after this, it doesn’t matter. You have to win this game.”Junior linebacker Ryan Shazier agreed.“At the end of the year, it’s always to make sure you beat them guys. And that’s the main focus right now, to beat The Team Up North,” Shazier said Monday. “We’re not even focused on what’s ahead right now.”The Buckeyes currently rank top in the Big Ten scoring an average 48.7 points per game, amassing a total of 221 over their past four contests. Redshirt-senior center Corey Linsley said all the high praise the offense is receiving goes out the window when it’s Michigan week.“We got to beat them. We’re going to put as many points as we need to beat them,” Linsley said Monday. “Defense is going to keep them to as little points as they can and I mean, it’s all about winning The Game this week.”The Game brings an added intensity to both the Woody Hayes Athletic Center and to Meyer, Shazier said.“You can just tell that when you walk into the hallways all you hear is ‘it’s time for war,’” Shazier said. “When we go through drills and everything, you can just look, just see the look in (Meyer’s) eyes. Just the rage that he wants to so win (this game) so bad.”The rage of their coach allows the rest of the players to stay focused on the only thing that matters: the game at hand.“It’s a one game season for us right now. All we’re worried about is the one in front of us. It’s The Game and that’s all we’re focused on right now,” redshirt-senior offensive lineman Jack Mewhort said. “We’ll handle the other stuff when we get there, but for right now, like I said, there’s only one that matters.” read more

SC Magdeburg book last ticket for DHB Cup Final4 2018

← Previous Story BREAKING NEWS from Skopje: Welcome to SEHA GAZPROM Final4 2018! Next Story → “War for March 24” between EHF and DKB Bundesliga SC Magdeburg booked the last ticket for the Rewe DHB Cup Final 2018 in Hamburg by beating Fuchse Berlin in capital – 30:29 (17:16). The legendary team from the East will meet reigning German champions Rhein Neckar Lowen in the semi-final of the event which will take place on May 5 and 6.The hero of the night was SC Magdeburg’s captain, Robert Weber, who scored amazing 14 goals to beat one of the strongest team in the league.TSV Hannover Burgdorf and HSG Wetzlar will play in the second semi-final.DU RIETZ IS BACK: Rhein Neckar Lowen qualify for DHB Cup Final4PHOTO: SC Magdeburg Facebook DHB Cup Final4German handballhandballSC Magdeburg read more

Dublins packed Luas carried almost 42 million passengers last year

first_img Short URL Share3 Tweet Email By Rónán Duffy Dublin’s packed Luas carried almost 42 million passengers last year Transport Infrastructure Ireland says more trams have been ordered. Thursday 12 Sep 2019, 6:15 AM 15,325 Views Thu 6:16 AM Much of the increase has been down to the introduction of Luas Cross City. center_img Image: Leah Farrell/ 35 Comments PASSENGER JOURNEYS ON the Luas surpassed 41 million in 2018, an 11% jump on the previous year, according to a new report due out next week.The latest annual report from Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII) shows the extent of passenger growth on Dublin’s light rail system following the opening of Luas Cross City.Commencing in December 2017, Luas Cross City extended the Luas Green Line from St. Stephen’s Green to Broombridge, effectively linking it with the Red Line.The report shows that passenger traffic on the Green Line jumped by 25% last year compared to the previous year, with 20 million journeys on the route.The two lines combined carried 41.8 million people in 2018, an increase of 11% on the 37.6 million journeys in 2017.Luas Cross City involved a 5.6 km extension of the Luas Green Line and track being laid in some of the busiest parts of Dublin city centre, such as at College Green and along O’Connell Street.The opening of the extended service caused some initial ‘teething problems‘ but one of the main issues has been overcrowding on the line. In its new report, TII has outlined that eight additional trams are being ordered to cater for demand.Transport Minister Shane Ross has briefed the Cabinet on the latest annual report TII report which also looks at the major road and rail projects carried out in 2018 including the M11 motorway from Gorey to Enniscorthy which opened in July. Much of the increase has been down to the introduction of Luas Cross City. Image: Leah Farrell/ Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Bioéthique les propositions du rapport Leonetti

first_imgBioéthique : les propositions du rapport Leonetti France – Les propositions du rapporteur de la mission parlementaire sur la révision des lois de bioéthique, Jean Leonetti, seront soumises ce mardi au vote des membres de la mission présidée par Alain Claey. Elles ne prônent pas d’importants chamboulements législatifs mais apportent tout de même plusieurs modifications.L’AFP dévoile certaines pistes du rapport Leonetti qui sera soumis au vote des députés membres de la mission en fin d’après-midi.Pour commencer, le rapporteur souhaite le maintient de l’interdiction des mères porteuses, estimant que la gestation pour le compte d’autrui abat “tous les piliers de l’éthique médicale” et entraîne “le risque de marchandisation”.Jean Leonetti propose par ailleurs de “maintenir le principe de l’interdiction” des recherches sur l’embryon et les cellules souches embryonnaires, mais “d’autoriser les recherches à titre dérogatoire, sans encadrer cette dérogation par des délais”. Jusqu’ici, les recherches accordées à titre dérogatoire par l’Agence de la biomédecine, ne l’étaient que pour une durée de cinq ans.Concernant l’insémination post mortem, Jean Leonetti propose de maintenir son interdiction mais l’implantation d’un embryon conçu dans le cadre d’une fécondation in vitro (FIV) pourrait être autorisée “à titre exceptionnel, lorsque le projet parental a été engagé mais a été interrompu par le décès du conjoint”.À lire aussiTrisomie 21 ou syndrome de Down : symptômes, causes, définition, de quoi s’agit-il ?Le rapporteur évoque également la possibilité d’assouplir les conditions d’accès à l’assistance médicale à la procréation (AMP) tout en inscrivant dans la loi que la finalité de ce recours est d’ordre médical. Si une partie des membres de la mission s’est dite favorable à l’accès des femmes célibataires infertiles à l’AMP, le rapport Leonetti maintient la condition selon laquelle le couple doit être formé d’un homme et d’une femme.Comme le Conseil consultatif national d’éthique, le rapport propose d’adjoindre le dépistage de la trisomie 21 dans le diagnostic préimplantatoire (DPI) réalisé dans le cadre des FIV afin d’éviter la transmission d’une maladie génétique grave. Le rapport Leonetti contient 95 propositions élaborées après plus de 100 auditions réalisées par la mission d’information. Elles ont pour but d’orienter le projet de révision de la loi de bioéthique qui doit être présenté au Parlement au printemps prochain.Le 19 janvier 2010 à 17:31 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Man missing from boat presumed drowned

first_imgA 25-year-old Battle Ground man who went missing Saturday night on the Columbia River is presumed drowned, according to the Clark County Sheriff’s Office. Authorities are still looking for the missing man, Jay Jones, after his 16-foot Smoker Craft aluminum boat was found unoccupied Saturday evening in the Columbia River with the motor still running, according to the sheriff’s office. The sheriff’s Marine Patrol, assisted by the Columbia County (Ore.) Sheriff’s Marine Patrol and the U.S. Coast Guard, are concentrating their search efforts today to a one-half mile area of the Columbia River, from the mouth of the Lewis River at Austin Point to the northern end of Bachelor Island on the Washington state side of the Columbia River. “Search boats are scanning the river bottom using a high definition echo sounder and side scan sonar in attempt to locate Jones’ body,” according to a news release from the Clark County Sheriff’s Office. “The exact location where Jones separated from the small aluminum boat was not witnessed and is unknown, making the search area significantly large.”On Saturday Jones had reportedly been using the boat to shuttle people back and forth to Bachelor Island, in the Columbia River just west of Ridgefield. At about 5:30 p.m., at least one 911 caller reported seeing a person in the water, according to the sheriff’s office.last_img read more