Prabhakar sets high goals for Delhi in Ranji

first_imgDelhi cricket coach Manoj Prabhkar is absolutely clear in his mind about his goals: guide the team to at least three Ranji Trophy finals in the next four years.Manoj PrabhakarFormer Test all-rounder Prabhakar, known for his fighting qualities and confidence, says that even if he is not with the players in future, he wants to raise a fighting team that will give opponents a run for their money for a long time to come. Prabhakar was Delhi’s bowling coach in the 2007-08 season when he had a limited role.Now, for the first time, the Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA) has given him a free hand to execute his plans and Prabhakar is gung ho about his task. “My goal is to prepare a team with a solid combination of seniors and juniors that can’t be pushed for the next five years and who play three Ranji finals in the next four years,” he declared on Saturday.”There was a time when playing for Delhi virtually meant that you have 50 per cent chances of playing in the Indian team. I want to restore that belief among the players.” Some players with whom Prabhakar had worked with two years ago are still around. But apart from them, the former Delhi captain says he would also induct a few young guns who can make a big difference.”I will definitely give chance to youngsters. If I get a few good youngsters, I can polish them. I will tell them to aim higher and try to break into the Ranji team, and not just be content with playing in the under-22 or other lower categories,” Prabhakar told MAIL TODAY.advertisement”They would remember me for what they would learn from me. And I will help them even when I am not around in an official capacity.” Many people believe that apart from coach Vijay Dahiya, Prabhakar too played a prominent role in Delhi winning their seventh Ranji Trophy title in 2007-08. But the DDCA did not give another opportunity to Prabhakar in the next two seasons.They have called him now, after Dahiya excused himself for a year, and also appointed former India pacer Sanjeev Sharma as assistant coach. Prabhakar has, however, begun with a handicap. Due to DDCA’s internal problems, his appointment was delayed even though Dahiya had told the association well in advance about his plans.He comes in only a few days before the Syed Mushtaq Ali Twenty20 Tournament, which begins here on Wednesday. “Now, I don’t have time to work separately on each individual,” he points out. A master of reverse swing, 47-year-old Prabhakar is expected to back the pacers in the Ranji Trophy that begins on November 1.”Delhi are playing five of their seven matches at home and we can prepare pitches according to our strength. If we have pacers in good shape and form, we might go for green-top pitches, though it remains to be seen how sporting they would be,” he said. Prabhakar’s other goal this season is to establish a solid bench strength, especially in the absence of Virender Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir, permanent members of the national side.”If Virat Kohli and Shikhar Dhawan are available, it’ll be good as they will form the core of the team. We also have some bright youngsters like batsman Unmukt Chand, leg-spinner Vikas Mishra, and left-arm pacer Pawan Suyal. Even if they sit out, they would learn something from their seniors,” he pointed out.”During longer durations matches and once the team is set, I can work on the players and only then will we know where Delhi stands.” DDCA has announced only a 15-mmeber squad for the Mushtaq Ali Trophy, but those who are expected to replace some of them for the Ranji Trophy, like Mayank Tehlan, Parvinder Awana, are also attending the nets at the Ferozeshah Kotla.”I have got the team I wanted, though I hadn’t seen some of the players as I was away for two seasons. But the youngsters and I have already broken ice, and they can come and ask me anything. The atmosphere at the Kotla is good and people at DDCA are supporting me.”last_img read more

I-League: Pedro hat-trick helps Chennai City FC thrash Indian Arrows in season opener

first_imgSpanish striker Pedro Manzi struck a hat-trick to help Chennai City FC outplay Indian Arrows 4-1 in the opening match of the 12th I-League in Coimbatore on Friday.Pedro scored in the 31st, 49th and 64th minutes while Romario Jesuraj got the other goal for Chennai in the 76th minute.For the Indian Arrows, captain Amarjit Singh Kiyam scored the lone goal at the Jawahar Lal Nehru Stadium.Chennai’s Singaporean coach Akbar Nawas opted to go with Pedro as the sole striker with wingers Nestor from Spain and Romario Jesuraj assisting him.Another Spaniard, Sandro operated in the middle of the attack. Gaurav Bora was in the defensive midfield role just ahead of a three-man back line.Hat-trick hero Manzi can’t hold his emotions after the stupendous victory over Indian Arrows in the season opener.#CCFCARW #HeroILeague #ILeagueIConquer pic.twitter.com/vGoMPPaKB7Hero I-League (@ILeagueOfficial) October 26, 2018Floyd Pinto, the Arrows coach, put Rahul KP ahead with Rahim Ali in a roving role and Amarjeet Kiyam and Stalin holding the fort in the centre of midfield with Jeakson Singh behind them. Prabhsukhan Gill, at the goal, was supported by a four-man defence.The Arrows could not have asked for a better start as captain Amarjit struck in the second minute. Rahul KP, who had a fantastic first half, ran down the right flank and his cross across goal saw the Chennai keeper Kabir only manage to parry the ball in the path of an onrushing Amarjit, who slotted home calmly.The early goal was a definite wake-up call for the hosts as they sprung into action, in particular, the combination of Nestor and Pedro. The first glimpse of things to come was evident in the fourth minute, when a 1-2 between the two found Manzi in the clear inside the box but he failed to score the equaliser.advertisementChennai had two clear chances in the rest of the first half which they clearly dominated. First, Nestor missed a sitter in the 18th minute as Jesuraj’s cross from the right found him with a free header and an open goal six yards away. He lobbed the header over the bar.Then in the 46th minute, from Sandro’s lob inside the box, Pedro had to just lob an onrushing Prabhsukan Gill in the Arrows goal, but his effort ricocheted off the bar.In between, Pedro struck from the first time in the 31stminute to get Chennai back to level terms. Nestor left Narender for dead in the right side of the Arrows defence and cut in to unleash a wonderful through ball inside the box. Pedro turned Gill with his first touch and then slammed home with his second, from a narrow-angle in the end.The Arrows again had a chance to score early in the second half but Rahim Ali muffed a chance from inside the box.In the 49th minute, Pedro put Chennai ahead controlling a lob with his head and then shrugging off both Narender and Ashish Rai with sheer power, before unleashing a right footer to beat a diving Gill.The Uruguay-born Spaniard then completed a deserving hat-trick in the 64th minute, when Chennai were awarded a penalty as the ball found a falling Ashish Rai’s trailing hand inside the box, from yet another Nestor initiated move.Then Jesuraj, whose tireless runs and crosses from the right were a striking feature of the entire game, found the net from close in the 76th minute off a Sandro cross from the left, effectively killing the game.last_img read more

Shahid Afridi says he did not blow whistle on spot-fixing scandal of 2010

first_imgFormer captain Shahid Afridi Sunday said that he did not blow the whistle on the spot-fixing scandal that rocked world cricket during Pakistan’s tour of England in 2010.Having discussed in detail about the spot-fixing scandal in his autobiography ‘Game Changer’, Afridi insisted he did not pass on the information or messages to the tabloid ‘News of the World’ which eventually broke the story.”These players (Salman Butt, Muhammad Asif and Muhammad Aamir) still think that Lala (Afridi) blew the whistle about them to the newspaper that is not true. It was one of my friends in England who passed on the information without informing me and even after that the newspaper carried out its own investigation and sting operation to confirm and trap the players,” Afridi said on a news channel.Afridi said his former team-mate Abdul Razzaq had first talked about the involvement of some players with fixers when the team was playing the World T20 in West Indies in 2010.”Razzaq kept on telling me after one match against Sri Lanka that he had doubts about Salman Butt but I did not believe him at that time. I said they are like our younger brothers. Later on, as fate would have it a damaged mobile which went to a repair shop and whose owner knew my friend in England revealed messages that surprised me and made me suspect that these players were indeed spot-fixing matches,” he said.Afridi, who retired from international cricket in 2016, said he was hurt and disappointed when Butt’s involvement in the scandal was confirmed as he liked him a lot.advertisementHe also maintained when he first saw the messages about Butt, Asif and Aamir, he could not sleep for few days and did not have the courage to share it with Razzaq who realised something was wrong.Asked why he did not confront Butt and the other players about the messages, Afridi said he was let down by the reaction of the team management including Waqar Younis and Yawar Saeed when he first showed them the messages.”It was disappointing for me. My first job was to inform the management, I did that they said ‘beta kya karsakta hai ab (son, what we can do now)’. That is also why I gave up Test cricket and the captaincy and returned home.”He conceded that the management did try to warn the players not to meet or mix up with suspicious characters like Mazhar Majeed who was also eventually jailed for his role in the spot-fixing scandal.Afridi also revealed why he had supported the comeback of Aamir to the Pakistan team after he completed his ban.”When the ‘News of the World’ broke the story and I had returned to England for the limited over matches, I confronted the three players and told them to admit if they had done it as we could help them. Butt kept on denying and even took oath he had done nothing wrong. In contrast, the first time I confronted Aamir he came to me and admitted he had made a big mistake. He also confessed in court,” Afridi said.Afridi also repeated his comments about Javed Miandad and Waqar Younis which he made in his book.”I still have a lot of respect for both as players. But it is not necessary that a big player can be a good coach and it applied to both. Waqar changed after becoming captain and he had a different personality for the worst after becoming a coach.”He used to interfere in everything and tried to dictate terms. He even used to give me pieces of paper before we went onto the field as who to bowl, when and where to set fielding. As captain, this was annoying for me.”He also said that Waqar tried to spread rumours about him in the team and there was a lot of backbiting. Afridi said Miandad had a habit of getting involved in a tussle with players.”The reason we rate Bob Woolmer highly is he gave us space and never got involved in any tussle with the players.”Also Read | Yuvraj Singh considering retirement, may seek BCCI permission to play private T20 leaguesAlso Read | World Cup 2019: MS Dhoni invaluable to Team India, says Brendon McCullumAlso See:last_img read more

a month agoBurnley’s two goal striker Chris Wood: We were at our best

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Burnley’s two goal striker Chris Wood: We were at our bestby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveBurnley’s two goal striker Chris Wood praised the manner of their win over Norwich City.Norwich – fresh from beating champions Manchester City a week ago – never really threatened the lead as Sean Dyche’s men wrapped up a first win since the opening day with an accomplished display from back to front.“That’s what comes of it if we are at our best – we get the three points,” said Wood.“That’s what we try and strive to do every week and it’s nice to put in a great performance and get the three points out of it.“We thrive on home games and try and work hard to get those wins. Thankfully we got another one today and now we can build on that and go forward.“We knew we had a good four games (between international breaks) to hopefully get some points on the board and we’ve started pretty well.“You can look it very happily, knowing that we can build on it and move forward and hopefully get some more results.” last_img read more

Predicting What The Third College Football Playoff Rankings Will Look Like

first_imgCornerback Cordrea Tankersley #25 of the Clemson Tigers celebrates after defeating the Alabama Crimson Tide 35-31 to win the 2017 College Football Playoff National Championship Game.TAMPA, FL – JANUARY 09: Cornerback Cordrea Tankersley #25 of the Clemson Tigers celebrates after defeating the Alabama Crimson Tide 35-31 to win the 2017 College Football Playoff National Championship Game at Raymond James Stadium on January 9, 2017 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)The third version of the College Football Playoff rankings comes out on Tuesday, and after a weekend that featured only a few upsets, there likely won’t be many changes at the top. That said, it’s starting to become obvious that there are only really nine teams with a shot at playing for it all.Alabama, Clemson and Notre Dame – all of which are undefeated – are seemingly going to be part of the field, so long as they win out. In such a case, the battle for the No. 4 spot would be fascinating.Michigan, which blew out Rutgers on Saturday, currently occupies that spot. But the Wolverines still have to play Ohio State, which is also in contention, in the final game of the regular season.Oklahoma and West Virginia each have one loss – and at this point it looks like they might play each other in back-to-back weeks to end the season.Georgia, after beating Auburn, kept its hopes alive. Washington State, too, only has one loss on the season.Let’s go ahead and attempt to predict what the top 10 will look like on Tuesday.AlabamaClemsonNotre DameMichiganGeorgiaOklahomaWashington StateOhio StateLSUWest VirginiaThe third version of the rankings will come out Tuesday night.last_img read more

What a team: Serena Williams, Andy Murray to play Wimbledon mixed doubles

first_imgWhat a team: Serena Williams, Andy Murray to play Wimbledon mixed doublesWimbledon 2019: 23-time Grand Slam champion Serena Williams will partner with Andy Murray for the mixed doubles. Serena said she admires Murray’s work ethics.advertisement Next Associated Press WimbledonJuly 3, 2019UPDATED: July 3, 2019 16:40 IST Serena Williams will pair up with Andy Murray for Wimbledon 2019 mixed doubles. (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSSerena Williams and Andy Murray will pair up for mixed doubles at WimbledonSerena has won 23 major singles championshipsMurray is limited to playing doubles after his hip injuryThis is quite a pair: Serena Williams is teaming up with Andy Murray for mixed doubles at Wimbledon.Murray’s agent, Matt Gentry, said Tuesday night that the two Grand Slam champions and former No. 1-ranked players will be partners at the All England Club.The deadline for signing up for mixed doubles at the tournament is Wednesday morning.When Williams appeared at her post-match news conference after a first-round victory in singles Tuesday which happened before the announcement that she’d play with Murray she was greeted by plenty of questions about the possibility.”His work ethic is just honestly off the charts. That’s something I’ve always respected about him. His fitness, everything. To do what he’s done in an era where there’s so many other great male tennis players, so much competition, to rise above it, not many people have done it. He’s actually one of the few,” Williams said. “There’s so many things to be admired. Above all, he really stands out, he really speaks up about women’s issues, no matter what. You can tell he has a really strong woman in his life. I think, above all, that is just fantastic.”They are sure to draw plenty of attention, much more than mixed doubles normally attracts, and fill the stands whenever and wherever their first-round match is played.Williams, of course, is one of the most successful and famous athletes in history, someone who has transcended her sport as a global icon while winning 23 major singles championships, along with another 14 in women’s doubles with her older sister, Venus. There are even a couple of mixed doubles titles on her resume, with Max Mirnyi at both Wimbledon and the U.S. Open, all the way back in 1998.advertisementMurray, meanwhile, is one of Britain’s biggest sports stars, forever known as the person who ended the locals’ 77-year wait for a homegrown men’s singles champion at the All England Club.In addition to that 2013 triumph, he won Wimbledon again in 2016, plus the U.S. Open in 2012, along with being the only tennis player to win two consecutive Olympic gold medals in singles.He is limited to playing doubles at the moment as he returns from an operation for a hip replacement. Murray announced at the Australian Open in January that he thought he would need to retire this season because of pain in an already surgically repaired hip.But following a second procedure shortly thereafter, he decided to make a comeback. Murray won the doubles title at the first tournament of his return, last month at Queen’s Club with Feliciano Lopez.Murray is entered in men’s doubles at Wimbledon with Pierre-Hugues Herbert.Also Read | Wimbledon 2019: Roger Federer survives 1st set wobble to sail into 2nd roundAlso Read | Wimbledon 2019: Dominic Thiem knocked out after shock 1st-round defeat to Sam QuerreyAlso SeeFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAnita Jat Tags :Follow Wimbledon 2019last_img read more

Our Four Favorite Eats in Charlottesville, Virginia

first_imgCharlottesville may be a college town but they certainly have a great variety of foodie spots that aren’t geared to college tastes or wallets. While all of these aren’t bank breakers, they still have a level of quality, design and uniqueness that we deemed worthy of writing about. Here goes:Blue Moon DinerWhile we tend to love a good diner, the Blue Moon has an amazing layer of punk attitude melded with Southern hospitality that makes it iconic. We can’t tell you how excited the waiter was who presented us our pancakes with a powdered sugar image of Captain Kirk freshly emblazoned on top. We sat at the counter and witnessed preppy families getting their day started as well as worn out hipsters who were recovering from the previous night’s partying. With live music on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday evenings, plus the original detailing’s of a real 1950’s diner, Blue Moon is a true piece of local legend.Brazos TacosWhile we love the Southern fare of Virginia, it’s refreshing to try something new. Brazos is famous for their Austin style (read breakfast style) tacos. Located a bit out of the touristy center, it’s a nice break from the “ye olde Thomas Jefferson” everything.We got down on the Meatwad (Brisket, chicken, and bacon, avo-verde, honey-jefe, and salsa roja. With tomatoes and onions) and the I Willie Love You (Scrambled eggs, mashed potatoes, sliced avocado, roasted corn pico and queso fresco) and were not disappointed.Mas TapasTired of the fast food all over town, chef Thomas Rahal wanted to focus on organic and artisanal food and wines with Mas Tapas. His Spanish themed spot has taken off and we can attest that every small plate we tasted was exceptional. The sangria wasn’t too bad at all, but watch out if you order a pitcher as they are large and in charge. MAS is a participant in the Charlottesville/Blue Ridge Locavore community, and a charter member of the Piedmont Environmental Council’s Farm Fresh to Table program. We have to give chef even more kudos for posting recipes on his site too. That gazpacho may just get made as soon as this piece gets posted.The bar at Red Pump KitchenWhile we have covered Red Pump in the past, we saw a different side of the restaurant on this trip by eating at the bar. We walked by the restaurant twice before realizing they had opened up the entire front to the historic downtown mall to bring in the summer breezes and offer an al fresco atmosphere. We got down on the coffee roasted beets, a Margarita pizza from their wood burning oven and washed it all down with wine from their Pippin Hill winery just up the road. No reservations needed, but come early and pull up a seat. All 21 Six Flags Parks in the U.S., Ranked 15 Best Subscription Boxes for Men Who Love Gifts If You Haven’t Visited the Kentucky Bourbon Trail, What Are You Waiting For? Which Lobster Roll Style Reigns Supreme: Connecticut or Maine? Editors’ Recommendations The Best American Liqueur last_img read more

Sword of sealing keeps dangling on lakhs of premises in Delhi

first_imgNEW DELHI: The sword of sealing keeps dangling on lakhs of premises in Delhi over their alleged illegal use for commercial purposes in residential areas, because of which there is continued anxiety and uncertainty among the affected people. The issue has major political implications as the livelihood of millions is linked to the sealing drive ordered by a Supreme Court-appointed monitoring committee.With the Delhi Development Authority planning to unveil the Master Plan for Delhi 2041 for public scrutiny and feedback, there are expectations that it would bring some clarity on the use of premises for commercial purposes. Traders in Delhi have recently called for a campaign against the sealing drive, terming it absolutely arbitrary. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderThe Confederation of All India Traders (CAIT), reportedly said in a statement, that the monitoring committee was behaving in an arbitrary manner and was not accepting the amendments made to the Master Plan of Delhi by the Centre. Rajiv Kakria, Convenor Save our City campaign, said, “There was no clarity on mixed land use in master plan 2021. Hundreds of amendments have been made since its rollout, many are pending before the courts specifically in connection with commercial activities in residential areas. This technically means if MPD 2021 is not cleared by the top, why would DDA roll out another master plan.” The South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC) recently moved the top court to de-seal some of the properties, citing fulfilment of norms under the Master Plan 2021, amended and notified by the Centre in June 2018. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsAccording to a source in SDMC, due to pendency of matters in court, traders end up suffering despite amendments in the master plan as municipal authorities are bound to comply with court orders. Puneet Sharma, advocate-on-record in Supreme Court, said, “the master plan 2041 should detail out clarity on mixed land use, and shield it as much as possible from legal scrutiny. Currently, basement (of a premises) is allowed for storage activities, the MPD 2041 should allow commercial activities in the basement in addition to storage.” Nearly 6,000 shops have been sealed so far due to the ongoing sealing drive in the city. During and after the general election, the pace of the sealing drive has been reduced, but it is still ongoing. Many basements in Green Park and Defence Colony have already been sealed as they were found carrying out commercial activities.last_img read more

Edmonton attacks on officer pedestrians unstoppable terrorism experts

first_imgEDMONTON – Terrorism experts say a poorly-planned attack in Edmonton may be have been inspired rather than directed by Islamic State militants, a type of attack that is difficult if not impossible to prevent.Police say a man in a car first ran down, then stabbed, an officer outside Commonwealth Stadium during an Edmonton Eskimos football game Saturday night before running away. A few hours later, police chased a suspect driving a U-Haul cube van as it struck four pedestrians downtown.The officer was not seriously injured but there was no word on the pedestrians. An Islamic State flag was found in the car that hit the officer. A 30-year-old man is in custody.“I’m not sure how you’re going to stop an attack of this nature,” said Phil Gurski, a threat consultant in Ottawa and former analyst with the Canadian Security Intelligence Service.Gurski said it’s clear the suspect wasn’t very smart since he handed a police officer his driver’s licence at a checkstop that connected him with the car that struck the officer, sparking the police chase.But he said such attacks are “unstoppable terrorism.”“It’s impossible to stop unless the person’s already on your radar,” said Gurski.Edmonton Mayor Don Iveson called the suspect a “lone wolf,” adding “random acts of sick people are difficult to anticipate.”Stephanie Carvin, a terrorism expert at Carleton University, said the attack looked unsophisticated.“It seems to have been carried out very badly (thankfully) so probably not a mastermind here, folks,” she said on Twitter. “But attacks against crowds and sports fans has been a HUGE fear in Canada over the last 18 months. This will not help that.”Edmonton’s mega mall and oil industry have raised concerns in the past that the Alberta capital might be a terrorist target.In 2015, the RCMP investigated a reported video from Al-Shabab that appeared to urge Muslims to attack shopping malls in western countries, including the West Edmonton Mall. Three years earlier, the federal government set up a counter-terrorism unit in the province to protect the energy industry from possible extremist attacks.Amarnath Amarasingam, an expert on extremism at the University of Waterloo, said the Edmonton attack appears to be a “fairly typical ISIS-inspired one,” although it may be difficult to confirm. The group has recently been sloppy about claiming credit for attacks and is also reluctant to do so when attackers are in custody, he said.The group has long called on followers to attack wherever in the world they may be, Amarasingam added.“Any Western city will do, whether in Europe or North America,” he said. “For them, it’s about sowing fear, turning communities against one another, and creating the impression that they are everywhere.”The leader of the Islamic State recently released an audio message reiterating the need for attacks in the west, especially on military members or police officers of NATO countries, said Edmonton security consultant David Jones.Jones said it wasn’t a coincidence the officer was stabbed outside the football stadium, which was also hosting a military appreciation night.Canada’s spy agency views terrorist acts at home as a “constant” threat, according to a briefing note prepared last November for Michel Coulombe, then-director of CSIS.“The principal terrorist threat to Canada remains that posed by violent extremists who are inspired to carry out an attack in Canada,” reads the document obtained by The Canadian Press under Access to Information legislation.“Terrorist activity can be sudden or spontaneous, or in some cases, take months or years in planning and logistics.”The document also said CSIS is studying “behavioural indicators” that suggest an individual is moving from holding extremist ideas to taking action — whether it’s travelling abroad, supporting others who plan to commit terrorist acts or plotting an attack in Canada or elsewhere.— With files from Andy Blatchford and Jim Bronskill in Ottawalast_img read more

Federal health minister to investigate Cree girls case

first_img(Federal Health Minister Jane Philpott during question period Thursday. APTN/image)Jorge Barrera APTN National NewsHealth Minister Jane Philpott said Thursday she would be investigating the case of a 14-year-old Cree girl who was denied coverage for urgent dental work despite recommendations from orthodontists the procedure was needed to avoid costlier invasive surgery.Health Canada issued a final denial of coverage on Monday, a day before the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal issued a scathing ruling concluding the federal government discriminated against First Nation children by underfunding child welfare programs.The ruling also ordered Ottawa to stop its narrow application of Jordan’s Principle which requires federal bureaucrats to cover the urgent medical needs of First Nations children before settling jurisdictional funding issues with the provinces.The mother of the girl said she was given renewed hope by Philpott’s pledge, which was made in the House of Commons during question period.“I am starting to feel like there is some light,” said Stacey Shiner, 42, whose daughter is a Sucker Creek band member and is covered by Treaty 8 in Alberta.NDP MP Charlie Angus raised the plight of Shiner’s daughter during question period.NDP MP Charlie Angus during question period Thursday.“I ask myself, as a parent, how is that possible? To the health minister, what steps is she taking to issue directives…to make it right for (the girl) and all the other children who are still being denied basic rights every single day?” said Angus.Philpott said the Liberal government is committed to ending the systemic discrimination of First Nations children.“I will look into the situation that the honourable member has brought to my attention,” said Philpott.Shiner said she has been battling with Health Canada for almost three years over the department’s refusal to cover her daughter’s desperately needed dental work under the Non-Insured Health Benefits for First Nations and Inuit program.Despite letters from orthodontists and lobbying from the band and Treaty 8, Health Canada rejected the coverage request and subsequent appeals. The last rejection came on Monday, a day before the human rights tribunal issued its ruling after finding Canada systemically discriminated against First Nation children.Shiner has since contacted a Toronto lawyer, on the advice of Cindy Blackstock, a prominent child advocate who triggered the human rights ruling through her complaint against Ottawa first filed in 2007. She said the lawyer has taken on the case for free and is preparing to push the matter before the court, if need be.“The next step is to take the Canadian government to Federal Court, which we are preparing to do,” she said.Shiner’s daughter, who she did not want named, has problems with her jaw, which is out of place, and seriously misaligned teeth that causes her pain and headaches.Shiner said the orthodontists told her in 2013 her daughter needed immediate intervention, including an expander, an anchor and braces to avoid invasive surgery when she got older.Mother Stacey Shiner has been fighting Health Canada over coverage for her daughter. Photo courtesy of Stacey Shiner.Shiner said the surgery would have involved cutting bone from her hip and applying it to the jaw which would be wired shut.Yet, Health Canada repeatedly refused to pay for the dental work, concluding that the procedure did not meet its criteria as a “functioning handicap malocclusion.” Malocclusion is a term describing misaligned teeth.Health Canada also told Shiner that if she paid out of her own pocket for the dental work the insurance program would also not reimburse her.“And I said, ‘I have to leave her in her condition and can’t help her?’ And they said, ‘Yeah, pretty much, if you go ahead and start we won’t approve.’”Shiner said she couldn’t handle letting her daughter remain in pain so she paid over $8,000 for the dental work.Shiner said she was told Alberta would have covered at least part of the cost for the dental work if her child was non-First Nation.And this wasn’t the first time Shiner said she’s faced the callousness of Health Canada bureaucrats.In 2008, after surgeons removed a tumour from behind her daughter’s eye she was given a prescription for a specialized eye-drop. Shiner said the eye-drop was designed to protect the eye from the roots of the tumour which were left because they were embedded in such a way their removal would have collapsed the eye.Yet, Health Canada would not pay for the prescription. She still remembers the conversation with the pharmacist after he got off the phone with the Health Canada bureaucrat.“He said, ‘They denied it, as a matter of fact they told me to tell you to guy buy Visine, that it should be sufficient,’” said Shiner.She paid the $90 for the specialized eye-drop.“The more that she gets older and things are happening the more I am realizing they are prejudiced and they just don’t care in helping children, specially Aboriginal children,” she said. “We are quite connected with the Aboriginal communities here and I see it time and time again.”jbarrera@aptn.ca@JorgeBarreralast_img read more

Was surprised when I was cast as villain in Brahmastra Mouni Roy

first_imgMumbai: Mouni Roy says her casting as the main antagonist in Ranbir Kapoor-Alia Bhatt-starrer “Brahmastra” came as a surprise for her. The 33-year-old actor, who made her Bollywood debut with Akshay Kumar’s “Gold”, says she wants make versatile choices. “I am playing the main villain in the film. I am really looking forward to it. What is more liberating for me is playing different characters that challenges me. I was surprised initially that they wanted me to play the villain. Also Read – I have personal ambitions now: Priyanka “Ayan Mukherji (director) had seen something from ‘Naagin’ and felt I could play the villain. So you never know what clicks with whom. As an actor you should be willing to experiment and be versatile otherwise you can’t learn and grow,” Mouni told PTI. “Brahmastra” also featuring megastar Amitabh Bachchan, will serve as the first film in the trilogy. Mouni says working with the team has been an enriching experience. “My life is fulfilled after working with Mr Bachchan. Ranbir and Alia are sweethearts, they are too good. They all are such big stars that you get scared walking on the sets. Also Read – Salman Khan remembers actor Vinod Khanna “They all have been so generous, welcoming and made me feel comfortable. With great success and talent they als have that humility and are accepting people from outside,” she adds. “Brahmastra”, produced by Karan Johar’s Dharma Production, will release on December 20. Mouni will be seen next in “RAW: Romeo Akbar Walter” opposite John Abraham. The film releases on April 5. The actor said she had a great time working with John and is happy with the way her role has shaped up in the film. “‘RAW’ was offered to me after ‘Gold’ and Bramashtra’. This was last year. I am playing John’s love interest, it is integral to the story. She is a banker. It was superb working with John. Both Akshay Kumar (her ‘Gold’ co-star) and John Abraham have lot of similarities like they are so so focused and disciplined.” Her upcoming films also include”Made in China” with Rajkummar Rao, in which she plays the role of a Gujurati housewife, and “Bole Chudiyan” with Nawazuddin Siddiqui. “This girl in (‘Bole Chudiyan’) is very fiery, drives tractors and dances. It is a full on Hindi film heroine. I am excited about it. I was waiting fir something like this,” Mouni says.last_img read more

Morocco Goalkeeper Munir Joins FC Malaga

Rabat – Morocco’s Goalkeeper Munir El Kajoui Mohamedi has officially signed a 4-year contract with FC Malaga. After spending four years with Numancia CD where he sat on the bench, the Atlas Lion will play alongside two other Moroccan football players, Youssef En-Nesyri who just signed for 3 seasons and Badr Boulahroud, who has been with the club since 2015. Muy feliz e ilusionado por este nuevo reto y formar parte de este gran club ,gracias por todos los mensajes!???? ???? ?????? ?????? ? ???????? ???? ?????? ??????????? ??? ???????! pic.twitter.com/c33bNDg28f— Munir Mohamedi (@Munir_Mohand) July 19, 2018“Goalkeeper Munir El Kajoui signed for FC Malaga after the end of his contract with Numancia CD. It will be presented Friday at the stadium of La Rosaleda,” wrote the Spanish club on social media yesterday. The Atlas Lions was indeed presented to the rest of the team Friday morning. FC Malaga live-streamed his first steps with his new jersey. As for his career with the Moroccan team, the Spanish-Moroccan football player was the only goalkeeper to not concede a single goal during the six qualification games preceding the World Cup. Despite Morocco’s elimination in the first round of the 2018 World Cup in Russia, El Kajaoui has proven to be a valuable goalkeeper for Hervé Renard, who will probably appeal to him for the 2019 African cup (CAN). Born in Melilla to parents from Nador, the 29-year-old footballer began his training career in 2010 with Goyu Ryu, followed by AD Ceuta and then Almeria.His transfer to Numancia in 2014 allowed him to join the national team in 2015, during a friendly game against Uruguay in Agadir (0-1). French coach Hervé Renard will count on him in many games with the selection. read more

Employees of Kiriellas Ministry released

Three employees of Minister Lakshman Kiriella’s Ministry, who were arrested over defamatory propaganda, have been released on bail.They were arrested in May with 600 letters at the Colombo Central Mail Exchange defaming President Maithripala Sirisena and causing racial disharmony. Kiriella had however said that his staffers had merely translated an article published in a website into Sinhala and tried to circulate it among temples and political activists.Following the arrest the Police had raided Kiriella’s ministry premises at the World Trade Centre and seized printers and computers allegedly used to print the letters. (Colombo Gazette)

In new UNsports partnership UNICEF races with European swimming for clean water

In yet another partnership between a United Nations agency and a sports organization to raise awareness and funds, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has teamed up with the European Swimming League (Ligue Européene de Natation – LEN) in a race against time to prevent deaths from unclean water.“Water can be a child’s best friend yet it can also be lethal when not handled properly,” the Executive Director of UNICEF Finland, Pentti Kotoaro, said. “What better way to raise awareness of the importance of safe water and sanitation for children than through young swimmers.” With this partnership, European swimming will be supporting the UN Millennium Development Goal (MDG) of halving the number of people in the world living without safe drinking water and sanitation. UNICEF estimates that up to 4,000 children under five die each day due to water-borne diseases, such as diarrhoea. Almost 1 billion children worldwide have no access to improved sanitation.“The partnership opens an excellent opportunity for national swimming federations and supporters of swimming to enter a race against time with UNICEF to help prevent those unnecessary deaths,” the agency said in a news release. As a first contribution, LEN and the Finnish Swimming Federation are dedicating the European Short Course Swimming Championships in Finland on 7-10 December to UNICEF and safe water.Together with UNICEF Finland, the urgent issue of clean water will be highlighted and promoted with swimmers and national federations throughout Europe. “Young people and swimming stars alike will have a chance to advocate and help raise awareness and funds for UNICEF’s work to ensure the right of safe water for every child,” the agency said.LEN President Bartolo Consolo hailed the partnership, saying it “will fulfill one of our main objectives, that of engaging European aquatics in a project for children.”Earlier this month, the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) teamed up with the Sony Ericsson WTA Tour, the governing body of women’s tennis, to promote gender equality, and the UN World Food Programme (WFP) launched the “Cricket Against Hunger” partnership with the England and Wales cricket team to draw attention to the plight of the 400 million chronically hungry children around the world.WFP has similar fund- and awareness-raising arrangements with the International Rugby Board as well as with individual stars from the worlds of soccer, American football, marathon running and Formula One auto racing. read more

World champion horse rider reveals bullying ordeal as intimidation in equestrian sports reaches epidemic

first_imgIn October 2013, Ms Oakes went on to claim the two records in the national sports arena in Dublin.During her career, which started aged four on the back of a donkey, Ms Oakes has ridden all over the world, in steeplechase and sidesaddle events. But behind her success lies a catalogue of torment caused by bullies.“I went down some roads so dark that I didn’t think there would be a tomorrow,” she said. “At night, I actually prayed that I wouldn’t wake up the next morning.”In another incident she was told by a horse dealer that if she ever visited his county, he would make sure “I’d never leave”.Ms Oakes said: “A friend of mine had bought a horse off him and then gave it back, so he was taking it out on me.”“He claimed that I owed him money, he was calling me and my friend “bitches” and then he started putting in complaints at horse shows where I was judging. This carried on for three years.” Susan Oakes In response, welfare groups have launched an anti-bullying campaign in conjunction with Greater Manchester Police (GMP) to provide help for victims.Dozens of victims have come forward to report incidents of bullying since the “Not On My Yard” campaign was launched by Tudor Rose Equines, a riding group covering Lancashire, Cheshire and West Yorkshire, and Greater Manchester Police last month.Ms Oakes is no nervous novice. As a rider, she had encountered bullies before, but it was just a year before making her attempt on the records, in summer 2012, that she reached her lowest ebb.“Before attempting the world record for the first time, I was meant to lease a horse from a bloodstock agent in Ireland,” she said. After the agent perceived he had been slighted by Ms Oakes for failing to recognise his assistance, she apologised.”It didn’t seem like a big deal,” she said. “But when I went back to training, he turned up three hours later… to come and confront me. He saw me and said ‘I’m going to beat seven shades of s— out of you’.“I was terrified. I was shaking. I just wanted to get away from him. If I saw him in the street today I’d run a mile.” At night, I actually prayed that I wouldn’t wake up the next morningSusan Oakes Susan Oakes, pictured in 2013, is a world-record winnerCredit: Paul Grover for The Telegraph Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. The anti-bullying campaign follows a series of revelations of historical abuse in equestrianism.Riding instructor James Keers, 56, was sentenced to two years and three months in prison last year for sexually assaulting a series of girls as young as 13 in Scotland between 2000 and 2014.In July, Damien Midgley, 39, was sentenced to six years and eight months in prison for assaulting four girls under the age of 13 he tutored at a riding school in Yorkshire.The British Equine Federation has also backed the Not On My Yard campaign, sending posters and leaflets to stables and pony clubs across the country.center_img Susan Oakes competing in the first sidesaddle race for 90 years in 2013Credit:Paul Grover for The Telegraph A world record-holding professional horse rider has revealed the litany of torment she has endured at the hands of bullies.Susan Oakes told how she felt so desperate and “terrified” after a bloodstock agent threatened to beat her up that she almost felt driven to suicide.The 33-year-old, who holds the puissance wall jumping and triple bar jumping world records, spoke out as campaigners warned that an “epidemic” of bullying is tarnishing equestrian sports.Bullying at stables, clubs and competitions is having a dire impact on riders’ lives that is driving them to give up the activity and even attempt to take their own lives, they claim. Guess who #notonmyyard #kelsallhill pic.twitter.com/BgS9xBxjNU— Tudor Rose Equines (@nicolawhite13) November 15, 2016 Susan Oakes Ms Oakes managed to steel herself to ignore her tormentors and put riding before everything else.She now describes bullying in the world of equestrian events as “an epidemic”.“I have seen people hospitalised for depression caused by stable bullies,” she said: “This campaign – Not On My Yard – can really make a difference. If people feel protected and empowered to speak up, it will help immensely.”One of the campaign’s founders, Samantha Furlow, of Tudor Rose Equines, said it has received as many as five calls a week from riders of all ages and abilities who had been driven away from the sport.She told The Telegraph: “Many of them were suffering from depression as a result of bullying and we know of at least one young woman has taken her own life because of yard bullying.”Sgt Cara Charlesworth, from GMP, said: “Dozens of people have come forward to report crimes since the campaign was launched.”Reported cases included stolen equipment, people being assaulted and even damage to horses.A number of incidents investigated by police so far have been deemed serious enough to be taken to court with cases due to be heard in the coming months. The bullying reported includes:Harassment, with adults and children alike targetedVerbal assaults, with victims forced to change their daily routine and ride at antisocial hoursDamage to horses, including tails and manes cut offTheft of equipment such as saddles and bridlesIn one incident reported to police, a horse had its tail and mane cut off just before an equestrian show. In another disturbing case, a young girl in the Manchester area was assaulted with a broom by another female rider.There have been at least 10 cases reported of stolen equipment to GMP along with several cases of equipment being damaged.One rider, Melody Hames, told how she was bullied as a youngster for two years at the riding yard in the north west of England she used. She became so upset and frightened she left and began riding elsewhere.“That experience will stay for me for the rest of my life,” she said. Now a renowned horse barber who specialises in grooming horses, she said the problem persists in equestrian circles.“I visit stables every day and I get at least one person talking about being bullied. The ages vary but the stories are the same. Horses are meant to be therapeutic. A place you go for peace, not for emotional trauma,” Ms Hames said.last_img read more

Chile en route to France 2017

The Chilean team reached the final for the first time ever after defeating Uruguay by 31-24. The conducted by Spanish coach Mateo Garralda have had a great performance throughout the entire tournament and they have now sealed their participation in France 2017 and a spot in the final against Brazil.They say there’s a first time for everything. Chile has proven this today, after qualifying for the final of the Pan American Championship for the first time ever. The team reached the semi-final with four victories and only one defeat, against Argentina, on the last match of the first round. They were only 8 seconds away from that fifth triumph; but despite the loss they secured the first spot on group A. Uruguay also made it to the final 4 after 4 wins and only one loss, in the hands of Brazil.This was a remake of the last Pan American Games’ third place match in Toronto last year. Both teams knew each other well, but Chile had some old ‘new faces’ on the squad and on the bench, compared to their last encounter. Chile started off well but was unable to take off completely on the scoreboard and the first half finished with a one goal lead: 14-13.It was on the second period that the Chilean squad was able to play to its fullest and the difference stretched right away. Although Garralda’s team suffered 7 exclusions, it was able to pull through and had no trouble succeeding and reaching the last minutes of the match with certain calmness.Alejandro Velazco was the top scorer for Uruguay with 5 goals while Nantes’ right back Rodrigo Salinas netted 7 times for his side.One of the old ‘newcomers’ for Chile was centre-back Emil Feuchtmann, who stated: “I think that our handball philosophy led us to where we are now. We never stopped playing the way know, and doing the things we know. I think that besides the tactical tips, which we needed, Mateo has given us a lot within the emotional aspect. I’m happy to be back in the national team and especially playing a Pan American final, not even in my wildest dreams I would have imagined this”.Rodrigo Salinas did not hide his happiness after the victory either: “We knew a lot was at stake in this match, whoever won would have a ticket for the World Championship. We did not start very well, in defence or in attack, but on the second half we adjusted everything. This will be Chile’s first time in the final, we know we don’t have anything to loose. We’ll do our game, knowing that we’re starting a new process in which we’re growing, and we have to focus on what we’re able to do, rather than in Brazil. We’ve taken a big step forward coming into this final”.The final between Brazil and Chile will be tomorrow at 16:30 (GMT-3) and it will be streamed live on this link: http://www.panamericanohandball2016.com/#!live-streaming/x2m1q Buenos Aires 2016chileMateo GarraldaPan American ChampionshipRodrigo Salinasuruguay ← Previous Story Brazil ruins Argentinian party Next Story → Brazil gets its third Pan American title! read more

A missed opportunity but a step in the right direction charities react

first_imgCHARITIES DEALING WITH families on the brink of homelessness have welcomed the government’s homelessness plan, but many believe it is missing crucial elements.Threshold, the national housing charity, has welcomed the plan to address homelessness published, but said the plan missed a crucial opportunity to reform Rent Supplement and introduce a system of rent control.At a press briefing, Housing Minister Jan O’Sullivan had said that there will be “flexibility” in rental to rent supplements.Bob Jordan, Chief Executive of Threshold, said that they are disappointed that the plan doesn’t overhaul the system entirely.“We are disappointed that this plan does not provide for an overhaul of the Rent Supplement scheme or the introduction of any form of rent control.“The plan does outline that there will be ring-fenced housing for homeless people and that additional resources will be made available to address homelessness, both of which are welcome measures.“More worryingly, the indications from government are that there will be no increases to Rent Supplement levels in the coming months, and there is nothing substantial in this plan about Rent Supplement reform.”Kerry Anthony CEO of Depaul Ireland, which works with people at risk of homelessness adds “the families we are working with are facing immense hardship. They have come from homes they could not to afford to keep due to escalating rental prices and have been forced into sub-standard emergency accommodation.”Focus Ireland’s Mike Allen said that the plan was welcome, but had to deliver.“Focus Ireland welcomes the plan but warns that it will not succeed if there is an over-emphasis on the quick fix of turning unused buildings into more emergency accommodation without ensuring urgent action to increase access to affordable housing for people who are homeless and those at risk.”Sean Moynihan, CEO of ALONE, the charity that supports older people in need, called the move ‘a step in the right direction’, but criticised the delay in the publication of the plan.“It’s a scandal that it had to reach this point before the government took notice. Today’s newly announced housing plan is a step in the right direction but it remains to be seen whether the government will follow through on their promises.”Read: Hotels and empty State buildings could help solve the homelessness crisis“I’m just terrified, I don’t know if I’ll make it in a hostel.”Child worried that Santa wouldn’t find him because he was in emergency accommodation‘Mam I’m not going to school today, what if the kids ask me where I live’last_img read more

Police spoil Theos party

first_imgLast night MP Theo Theophanous remained under investigation despite the dismissal of the rape case against him. Mr Theophanous will not stand trial on the charge of raping a woman in his Parliament office on a September night in 1998. In the committal hearing that was held in the Melbourne Magistrates Court, Friday’s decision rendered by Magistrate Peter Reardon was welcomed with feelings of elation by the embattled MP. “There’s no bigger test of a family than what we’ve gone through and I’m so proud of my family and of my wife and the way in which they handled themselves, the way in which they supported me through what has been a nightmare,” said an emotional Mr Theophanous to Neos Kosmos English Edition (NKEE).“I’m so pleased that the judge saw through what the evidence showed, was a complete fabrication.” He went on to suggest bias and racial stereotyping were part of the motivation for the prosecuting policeman; “I don’t know if the Greek community noticed, but the policeman who was prosecuting, did it with such a bias and such zeal – at one point he was asked about an email that he sent to the woman [accusing me] and he wrote ‘this person will be a problem for us as a witness’.” Mr Theophanous went on to say “It is completely inappropriate for him to say ‘this person is going to be a bit of a problem’ and then he added he’s a typical Greek’.” Mr Theophanous added, “When asked by my lawyer Robert Richter what he meant by saying ‘typical Greek male’ his response was “Well, you know, I’ve got lots of Greek friends and arrogant is what a typical Greek is and they would agree with that’.” An angry Mr Theophanous underscored “this is the kind of stereotyping we still have in this State, unfortunately.” On Friday afternoon Mr Theophanous said to NKEE, that he was “Very happy and the family is very happy and we’re very pleased to be past it.”Mr Theophanous did not wish to speculate about his future plans regarding his political career as he highlighted the need to take some time during the weekend to “think things through.” News of his formal discharge were also met with satisfaction by longtime friends of Mr Theophanous. The director of the Hellenic Museum, Vicky Yiannoulatos, a former advisor of Mr Theophanous said to NKEE; “I think it’s fantastic news for Theo, his family and his friends who have supported him because I think justice has been served.”In the lead up to the closing of the submissions by the defence and the prosecution, Mr Theophanous’ attorney slammed the conduct of the investigation by the leading police detective. Robert Richter, QC, in his closing submission on Thursday said “[…]this investigation and prosecution does a great disservice to all victims of rape and there are many, many real victims of rape.” “Mr Smith’s investigation in my submission gives a bad name to dedicated and hard working sexual offence investigators,” Mr Richter said referring to the chief investigator in the case against the embattled MP Mr Theophanous who was accused by a woman that he raped her in his Parliament office more than 10 years ago. His defence lawyer argued that the police had helped the alleged victim modify her testimony several times in order to mirror the evidence that became available during the investigation. “I would put to you that your investigation was a complete disgrace,” Mr Richter said to Detective Sergeant Doug Smith while questioning him on the stand. “I wouldn’t say that,” replied Sergeant Smith. During his testimony the detective claimed that friends of the alleged victim who disputed her claims were not reliable witnesses. Senior Constable Karla Dennis would not confirm whether the new probe was into alleged interference with witnesses but she said it was separate from another inquiry. That inquiry, began at Mr Theophanous’ request in March, is into whether the rape allegation was part of a conspiracy against the former Victorian minister.Mr Theophanous denied interfering with witnesses and said it was his accuser who had tried to “contact, coerce or coach at least six witnesses”. In a statement, he said that no issue in relation to alleged interference was raised during the committal hearing. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Une enquête va être ouverte sur limpact de Fukushima en France

first_imgUne enquête va être ouverte sur l’impact de Fukushima en FranceLa Criirad (Commission de recherche et d’information indépendantes sur la radioactivité) s’inquiète des conséquences en France de Fukushima et demande qu’une enquête soit ouverte sur l’impact du nuage radioactif sur l’Hexagone.La Criirad reproche un manque de visibilité, d’attention, de communication officielle au sujet du nuage radioactif de Fukushima et de ses conséquences sur le territoire français. Suite à ce manque d’informations, le laboratoire indépendant a demandé mercredi au gouvernement de mener une enquête approfondie sur les “dysfonctionnements” liés à l’évaluation des conséquences en France de la catastrophe nucléaire japonaise, qui a eu lieu le 11 mars dernier. À lire aussiLa fusion nucléaire pourrait bien devenir prochainement une réalitéSelon un communiqué adressé au Premier ministre François Fillon et au président de l’Institut de Radioprotection et de Sûreté Nucléaire (IRSN), la Criirad dénonce de “graves dysfonctionnements” et avance l’idée que “la France a été contaminée dès le 22 mars”, c’est-à-dire “deux jours avant la date indiquée” par les balises de mesure de la radioactivité de l’IRSN. Contrairement à ce qui avait été avancé, les masses d’air contaminées “ont affecté les trois quarts de la France”, et non “le seul sommet du Puy-de-Dôme”. Toujours d’après la Criirad, “l’activité de l’iode 131 était plus de 20 fois supérieure à celle annoncée pour le 24 mars”. Suite à ces différents constats, la Criirad condamne le travail de l’IRSN tout en précisant que “la responsabilité des grands exploitants du nucléaire (…) soit également engagée”, à savoir EDF ou encore Areva.Le 26 mai 2011 à 09:15 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more