first_imgWith the Indian economy among the fastest growing in the With the Indian economy among the fastest growing in the world, Boosey said its time to convince the corporate sector to invest in athletics. “We cannot rely only on government. We have to convince the Indian corporate sector to invest money in athletics. We have to raise our own money. Only then, athletics will go up in profile in India.” His designation may sound that hes involved in the performance aspect of the athletes but he said hes not directly related to that and he is more of an administrator. “I am not a coach. I am in administration and not in coaching. I planned with the coaches. They (coaches) planned coaching and training of athletes though final approval may be given by me. So, it is more of a supervision work,” he said. “I dont dictate and it is a team work. Things like budgeting, competition calendar etc. involve everybody. In the three and half months since I took charge, I have travelled throughout India, at the SAI Centers and some of the academies coming up. I am getting to know things. It is a huge job in such a big country.” Boosey said his contract will expire in August after the Rio Olympics though it may be renewed after a review. He, however, wants the SAI to do the review in June instead of August. “My contract is upto August and there will be a review in August. Media reports say that my contract will be renewed if they (SAI) are happy with my work but I dont know. “I want the review to be done in June instead of August. If they (SAI) dont renew my contract after the review (in August) then I will be without a job at the end of August. If the review is done in June and my contract is not renewed, I can plan for my future in advance before my contract ends in August,” he reasoned. Boosey, however, said the review by SAI should not be on the basis of the performance of Indian athletes in Rio Olympics. “Rio performance cannot be the basis for the review. How can it be? Had it been the case, I would not have taken up this job,” he said when asked if the review could be based on the Rio Olympics performance. PTI PDS PM PMadvertisementlast_img read more

Sikh Gurdwaras (Amendment) Bill, 2016 passed in parliament: 8 key pointers

first_imgThe amendment to the Sikh Gurdwaras Bill introduced in March 2016has been passed in the parliament. The bill has seen many facets in its lifetime regarding the voting rights of Sahjdhari sikhs.Here are 8 key facts on the bill:The amendment brings the inclusion of Sahjdhari Sikhs tovote in the elections to the Sikh Gurdwara Prabandhak Committee (SGPC)Sahjdhari Sikhs are the people from the Sikh religion whocut/trim their beard or hairSahjdhari Sikhs were not allowed to vote in the SGPC since1944 The Union Ministry of Home Affairs’ (MHA) notification datedOctober 2003 carried out the proposed amendment  Section 72 of the Punjab Re-organisation Act, 1966, wasexercised by the parliament in order to issue the notificationThe amendment bill was first passed in the Rajya Sabha inMarch 2016 and later, in the Lok Sabha in April 2016The new amendment bill will come into force retrospectivelyfrom October 8, 2003Under the Sikh Gurdwara Act of 1925, every Sikh above 21years of age, who is a registered voter is entitled to vote in the SGPC election. Interested in General Knowledge and Current Affairs? Click here to stay informed and know what is happening around the world with our G.K. and Current Affairs section.last_img read more

The 20 Most Important People to the 2015 Season (No. 19)

first_imgIf you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers! Kyle and I will be sorting through the 20 most important people leading up to the 2015 season every day until the Central Michigan game which, as you know, is just 19 days away.Porter: I have Cowboy Backs coach Jason McEndoo ranked No. 19. I explained my intrigue in how OSU uses its Cowboy Backs earlier this week.It seems like they have the most unique opportunity of any position group to affect the outcome of the season. Because they are a new-ish group and opponents don’t necessarily have a game plan involving them, McEndoo will have as much liberty as any non-coordinator to be a difference-maker (in a good or bad way) this season.Boone: I put J.W. Walsh at No. 19 because his leadership and veteran experience are going to pay dividends for a young quarterback group this year. Everyone knows Walsh can make plays with his legs. The closer we get to the season opener, the more I am convinced that Walsh will play a large role for the offense again this year.What stood out in today’s scrimmage? Gundy: “J.W. (Walsh) made a lot of plays … he’s going to play.” #OKstate— Kyle Fredrickson (@kylefredrickson) August 15, 2015last_img read more

South Africa vs Bangladesh, World Cup 2019 AajTak11 Prediction and Probable Playing 11

first_imgSouth Africa vs Bangladesh, World Cup 2019 AajTak11 Prediction and Probable Playing 11As South Africa take on Bangladesh for the 5th match of the World Cup 2019, take a look at the match predictions and probable playing XIs of both the teams.advertisement India Today Web Desk LondonJune 2, 2019UPDATED: June 2, 2019 12:04 IST South Africa vs Bangladesh. (AP Photo)In Match 5 of World Cup 2019, South Africa will take on Bangladesh at The Oval, London, on Sunday.South Africa have already lost to England in their opening encounter and another defeat against Bangladesh, ranked 7th in the world could dent their confidence. South Africa’s batting unit has been under-performing but they have a good bowling unit to bundle out their opposition early.Bangladesh have a good experienced core but injuries have been a worry for them.They were given an injury scare on Friday when Tamim Iqbal had to leave the nets after being struck by the ball on the left wrist. Additionally, they are monitoring the fitness of captain Mashrafe Mortaza who has a hamstring issue and ace pacer Mustafizur Rahman who has been struggling with his calf. Mahmadullah also had a shoulder injury, while all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan suffered a back spasm recently.Recent form:South Africa were outplayed in all three facets of the game in the first match against England to get brutually thrashed by 104 runs. But they have a different opposition team this time, that is termed weaker than them on paper. batting has been a worry for South Africa with their overdepedence on some players.Bangladesh have been in good form lately, winning nine out of their last twelve games.They have won the recent tri-series in Ireland by remaining unbeaten in the tournament. They had also reached the final of last year’s Asia Cup where they lost to India. They made it to the quater-finals in the last edition of the torunament and will look to better their run this year.advertisementMatch Prediction:Having played at the tacky, slow pitch at the Oval on Thursday might help South Africa against Bangaldesh. Hashim Amla is expected not to play in the game but with the likes of Quinton de Kock and Faf Du Plessis, South Africa is capable of producing big scores.South Africa is expected to beat Bangaldesh on Sunday and the stats also favour them. In 20 head to head matches against each other in ODIs, South Africa trumped Bangladesh 17 times.Pitch prediction:South Africa have played on this pitch against England in their first match where they failed to chase 311 runs, hence, they have a fair idea how the ball will move on Sunday.With a tinge of green, the pitch looks to favour the fast bowlers. There are predictions of ovecast conditions in London.Probable Playing XisBangladesh:Liton Das, Soumya Sarkar, Shakib Al Hasan, Mushfiqur Rahim (wk), Mohammad Mithun, Mahmudullah, Sabbir Rahman, Mehidy Hasan, Mashrafe Mortaza (c), Mustafizur Rahman, Rubel Hossain/Mohammad SaifuddinSouth Africa:Quinton de Kock (wk), Aiden Markram, Faf du Plessis (c), Rassie van der Dussen, David Miller, JP Duminy, Andile Phehlukwayo, Dwaine Pretorius, Kagiso Rabada, Lungi Ngidi, Imran Tahir(With IANS inputs)Also Read | Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan reveal the funniest sledges by Indian playersAlso Read | Salaam Cricket 2019: Full guest list, session names and timingAlso SeeFor 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 Jat Tags :Follow World Cup 2019Follow South Africa vs Bangladeshlast_img read more

$5 Million Raised By UK Diaspora for the Adopt-A-Clinic Initiative

first_imgStory Highlights In his remarks, Dr. Tufton thanked the UK community for supporting the project, noting that the Diaspora has led the charge for the initiative. Approximately $5 million has been raised by the Diaspora in the United Kingdom (UK) for the Ministry of Health’s Adopt-A-Clinic initiative. The Adopt-A-Clinic Project, is one of the Jamaica 55 UK legacy projects, undertaken by the High Commission. Approximately $5 million has been raised by the Diaspora in the United Kingdom (UK) for the Ministry of Health’s Adopt-A-Clinic initiative.The funds were handed over to Portfolio Minister, Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton, at a special event hosted at the Jamaican High Commission in London recently.The Adopt-A-Clinic Project, is one of the Jamaica 55 UK legacy projects, undertaken by the High Commission.The funds were raised from two major events organised by the High Commission, namely the Jamaica 55 Independence Church Service, as well as the Jamaica 55 Gala Dinner and Dance.Several other individuals and charities also raised funds and donated equipment under the UK Legacy project, which was coordinated by the Adopt-A-Clinic (UK) Subcommittee.The funds that have been raised so far will allow for the adoption of at least five clinics across the island.In his remarks, Dr. Tufton thanked the UK community for supporting the project, noting that the Diaspora has led the charge for the initiative.“Adopt-A-Clinic is about boosting primary and preventive health care by engaging in a wider and more elaborate way to recognise the importance of these facilities and by encouraging (communities) to use these facilities,” he said.“We are aiming to restore credibility to our health clinics, by ensuring that they have the necessary facilities in both personnel and equipment, and use the restored image to encourage community participation,” Dr. Tufton added.Meanwhile, High Commissioner, His Excellency Seth George Ramocan, expressed appreciation to the groups and individuals that assisted in raising the funds towards the Adopt-A-Clinic Project.He reiterated the High Commission’s commitment to continue to raise awareness, as well as funds, towards this important cause.Persons present at the handover ceremony included: Attorney General, Marlene Malahoo Forte; members of the Adopt-A-Clinic Subcommittee led by Paul Harrison; and representatives of the Nurses Association of Jamaica (UK).Others present include: the Association of Jamaicans UK Trust; Friends of the Heart Foundation of Jamaica; Jamaica Hospital League of Friends; Friends of the Noel Holmes Hospital and West Haven Children’s Home; Lignum Vitae Club; and members of staff and friends of the High Commission.last_img read more

Karnataka coalition crisis Cabinet expansion is to fill vacant posts Siddaramaiah

first_imgBengaluru: Amid speculation that a Cabinet rejig may defuse the crisis within the ruling Congress-JD(S) combine in Karnataka, coalition coordination committee chief Siddaramaiah on Wednesday said the vacant ministerial berths will be filled first.The former chief minister, who is also the Congress Legislature Party (CLP) leader, said miffed party MLA Ramalinga Reddy would get an opportunity to serve as a minister during the next reshuffle. Reddy had on Tuesday had hit out at the Congress leadership for neglecting senior leaders of the party. Also Read – Pak activated 20 terror camps & 20 launch pads along LoC”I will speak to Ramalinga Reddy… I had told him that he will be made minister during the reshuffle. Now we are not doing reshuffle,” Siddaramaiah told reporters. “We have decided to fill one post that is vacant (from Congress’ share of ministerial berths) due to Shivalli’s death. When reshuffle happens Ramalinga Reddy will also get opportunity,” he added. Siddaramaiah and Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy have held several rounds of meetings on whether to go for a Cabinet expansion or a reshuffle to avert a potential existential crisis to the one-year-old coalition, and to address the dissent within by asking a few ministers to step down to make way for the disgruntled lawmakers. The leadership seems to have now reached a consensus about first filling up three vacant posts and then going in for a reshuffle if the need arises.last_img read more

Separatist leader Geelani asks JK people to resist

first_imgSrinagar: Accusing the Centre of forcing “demographic change” and “settler colonies” in Kashmir in “violation of all international laws” and UN resolutions, All Parties Hurriyat Conference Chairperson Syed Ali Geelani has urged Jammu and Kashmir’s people to “resist at this critical juncture”. In a statement issued on Friday, the hardline separatist leader, who advocates Kashmir’s merger with Pakistan, said people should organise peaceful protests and demonstrations in their areas of residence. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’ “While doing so, we must remain absolutely disciplined and not give the enemy, who is armed and ready to kill, any excuse whatsoever to hurt our lives and property,” he said. Geelani, 89, said: “Each and every person must face the naked Indian brutality with courage. We all can, and must, act according to our abilities; through action or word… It is very important that our demonstrations remain absolutely peaceful so that more and more people are able to join. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K “If the Indian armed forces still attack our gatherings, the entire responsibility for the possible loss of lives and property will be on them, and the world will remain witness to their deeds.” Referring to the restrictions in Jammu and Kashmir since the Centre’s August 5 order abrogating Article 370 of the Indian Constitution which gave special status to the erstwhile state, Geelani said he hoped his message reaches the people via the international media. Referring to the recent events in the Jammu and Kashmir — now a Union Territory after Parliament split it into two — Geelani said the move showed in clear light the real “deceitful and brutal” nature of the Central government. “They are a firm and brazen display of India’s intention in forcing a demographic change and the creation of settler colonies in Kashmir in violation of all international laws and the United Nations resolutions on Kashmir. The rulers from Delhi are drunk on power and arrogance of majoritarianism and they have snatched away all percepts of humanity, ethics and democracy,” he said. Mentioning that the entire region had been transformed into a “prison”, Geelani alleged that the Centre had made efforts to hide its campaign of “brutal repression” from the outside world. “Not only have they blocked the entire communication systems used by common people since about the beginning of the month, they have also gagged local reportage and news media without any formal declaration. No news about the brutalities and repression of the Indian armed forces, killings and arrests of thousands of youth is being published. “Common people are unable to know about their kith and kin. The oppressors might try to hide the reality, but history will not spare anyone.” Calling the Centre’s move a “murder of democracy”, Geelani said it was “unfortunate” that the people in other parts of the country had been celebrating the government’s decisions. “… The increased military presence was used to not only imprison the pro-freedom leadership and people but also large sections of the pro-occupation machinery.” Marking the scenario a “golden opportunity”, Geelani appealed to Kashmiris to join the “valiant struggle” for complete freedom and liberation. “We must fight the enemy in unison. History remains witness to the fact that big military powers have repeatedly perished in front of the force of people’s unity and truth. Courage, patience and discipline are those weapons of a defenceless people which can defeat the enemy with howsoever enormous an arsenal.” In a message to Jammu and Kashmir government officials, bureaucrats and police personnel, Geelani said even when they were hand-in-hand in the “oppression” of their own people, the Centre did not “trust them”. Describing the Kashmiri people living outside the region as “ambassadors of Kashmir”, Geelani said they should keep themselves informed of the situation back home and participate in the resistance struggle. He urged the people of Pakistan and its leaders to help the “besieged” people of Kashmir. “You are an important party to the Kashmir dispute and this is the time for unity and action… You must continue to heighten your political and diplomatic initiatives to the highest level and respond to the deceit of the Indian occupation with full strength and determination.”last_img read more

NS doctors threaten province with legal action over contract disputes

first_imgHALIFAX – Nova Scotia doctors are threatening to take the province to court, saying alleged contract breaches by the Liberal government have eroded the goodwill needed to fix a fragile health-care system.“We’re trying to recruit doctors … what we need is an atmosphere of trust that allows doctors to say, ‘Nova Scotia is a place I can go and I’ll be respected,’” Dr. Andre Bernard, chairman of Doctors Nova Scotia, said Monday.The organization gave the province legal notice Tuesday of a lawsuit asking for over $4 million and a restoration of contract provisions it says were being dropped without its knowledge.One dispute is tied to agreements with about 200 doctors who get a fixed payment to provide a suite of services, often in rural areas.The doctors’ group said the Health Department recently provided agreements to 16 physicians that dropped clauses recognizing Doctors Nova Scotia as their bargaining agent and cast in doubt a dispute resolution system and liability insurance provisions.Doctors Nova Scotia says it is also upset that the province isn’t agreeing to restore over $4 million it drew from a contingency fund for its health benefits and dental plan.Nancy MacCready-Williams, chief executive of Doctors Nova Scotia, said over the years, the professional association set aside money for the fund in case the province refused to continue funding its portion. The program includes a health and dental plan, a support program for doctors experiencing stress, family and dependency issues, and a parental leave program.Randy Delorey, the health minister, said in a news conference that the government viewed the money in the contingency fund as “taxpayers’ money” that built up due to an earlier deal with doctors.The arrangement provided Doctors Nova Scotia with set payments which proved to be higher than the actual costs of the benefits plan, he said.“I believe this is a dispute with the organization, but not directly with the province’s physicians. … this is a dispute around a surplus fund of taxpayer dollars being held by a third party organization,” he said.Delorey says a new master agreement with Doctors Nova Scotia says auditors from both sides would get together and assess how much of a surplus, if any, should be held by the physicians.The doctors’ group said the province shouldn’t have ceased making payments before the auditors had met, but Delorey said that’s not the advice his lawyers gave him.As for the dropped clauses in some of the rural doctors’ agreements, Delorey said he had meeting with the doctors’ group in August and “my takeaway from that meeting is both sides agreed to sit down and move forward … and I believe those concerns can be worked out.”The tensions between Doctors Nova Scotia and the Liberal government are occurring at a delicate time for the province’s health system, with Premier Stephen McNeil facing criticism over a shortage of family physicians, hospital crowding and long wait times for surgeries.As of Sept. 1, 35,777 people — about four per cent of the population — have registered online or by phone with the Nova Scotia Health Authority’s Need a Family Practice registry, indicating they do not have a primary care provider.The health authority says about 1,700 people on the agency’s registry have been accepted by family practices and over 4,400 individuals who have added their names to the registry have had them forwarded to practices.Meanwhile, Statistics Canada figures from last year suggest the total number of citizens over 12 years of age without a regular medical provider was 83,300, if you include those who haven’t signed up on the registry.That survey estimate doesn’t include some remote areas, members of the Canadian Forces and residents of First Nations.MacCready-Williams said this year should be a time for doctors and the province to work together on solutions, rather than battle in the courts.“We settled on a contract last year so we shouldn’t be having these difficult conversations in terms of trying to implement our contract. We should be in a time of peace and harmony,” she said.Both opposition leaders said Tuesday that the legal dispute is the latest sign the Liberals are doing a poor job overseeing the health system.“The government should keep its word. When they sign an agreement, the agreement should mean something. This is a calamity for doctor recruitment and retention,” said Progressive Conservative Leader Jamie Baillie.NDP Leader Gary Burrill said “the government simply doesn’t have a handle on the matter.”Follow (at)mtuttoncporg on Twitter.last_img read more

Morocco Russia agree to Promote joint ventures in fisheries

Rabat – Moroccan Minister of Agriculture and Marine Fisheries, Aziz Akhannouch and his Russian counterpart, Nikolai Fyodorov, agreed Tuesday in Moscow to work for the promotion of joint ventures in the area processing of seafood and aquaculture, to better harness the potential of Moroccan exports to Russia.Welcoming the quality and level of the relations between the two countries in the areas of agriculture and marine fisheries, the two sides stressed, during an interview on the sidelines of Moroccan-Russian the Business Forum, their willingness to develop trade in the fields of citrus, fruits and vegetables, fish products and cereals, said a statement from the Ministry of Agriculture and Marine Fisheries, carried by Maghreb Arab Press (MAP).The ministers highlighted the close cooperation between the private sectors of both countries, calling for more coordination for better market management, the statement added. In September, Akhannouch will attend Moscow’s food fair at the invitation of his Russian counterpart, according to the same source. read more

Renowned Moroccan Actress Khadija Jamal Dies at 83

Rabat – Iconic Moroccan actress Khadija Jamal died today at the age of 83 after a long struggle with diabetes.Moroccan actor Messaoud Bouhcine shared a statement from the Moroccan Association of Professionals of the Dramatic Arts, announcing her death.“Moroccan Association of Dramatic Arts Professionals mourns Moroccan actress Khadija Jamal,” the actor posted. “She died in Algeria, where she recently lived with her family,” the statement added.The statement also expressed condolences to the actress’s family in both Morocco and Algeria.Born in 1935 in Casablanca, the actress has made dozens of appearances in Moroccan theaters and sitcoms, including Lalla Fatima.

Reform of green institutions imperative for sustainable development – Assembly chief

31 January 2012Reform of environmental institutions is needed so countries can achieve sustainable development, the President of the General Assembly Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser said today, and stressed that States must prepare and contribute to this reform ahead of the major United Nations Sustainable Development Conference (Rio+20) in June. “Realities on the ground show that sustainable development depends on an effective framework of institutions and decision-making processes at local, national, regional and global levels, working together. Yet international environmental governance is, at present, in need of more consolidation,” said Mr. Al Nasser at the conference entitled Towards new global governance for the environment in Paris.Mr. Al-Nasser stressed the need for new innovative mechanisms to ensure that existing environmental mandates are well-coordinated and efficient, and underlined the opportunity that Rio+20 presents to work on this aspect.“From our preparations to date, one single message emerges: the Rio+20 outcome will need to give birth to a strong institutional architecture.“An architecture that promotes a better integration of the three dimensions of sustainable development – economic, social and environmental protection – and addresses new and emerging issues,” he said.In his remarks to the conference, Mr. Al-Nasser highlighted several preparation activities that have already made recommendations for environmental reform including those made by the Rio+20 initial draft, “The Future we Want,” which was the result of three days of deliberation by Member States and civil society groups last week.He also reiterated his support for Members States in this particular issue. “It is my intention to support Member States in achieving ambitious reform of the UN’s environmental governance structure,” he said. “There is no doubt that the success of our efforts will require longer-term vision, as well as the genuine willingness of Members States to preserve our planet for future generations to enjoy in dignity,” he added. read more

Army Commander promoted to Four Star General rank

He was subsequently promoted to the ranks of Captain (1985), Major (1989), Lieutenant Colonel (1994), Colonel (1997), Brigadier (2003) and Major General on 30 November 2009. Upon his assumption of the Army Commander’s Office on 22 February 2015, he was elevated to the rank of Lieutenant General. Blending wide experience and service, General De Silva has held many key staff appointments at the Army Headquarters, including the appointments of Military Secretary, Director Operations, Additional Military Secretary, Director Plans and Colonel (Administration) at the Directorate of Personnel Administration.In addition, he was the Commandant, Chief Instructor and Directing Staff at the Army Command and Staff College and was the first officer to hold all three appointments. Further, he was the Chief Instructor of the Sri Lanka Military Academy at Diyatalawa and the Commandant of the Sri Lanka School of Military Engineering.As one of the most distinguished Officers in the Regiment, General De Silva has commanded the 6 Field Engineer Regiment and later served as the Colonel Commandant of the Corps of Sri Lanka Engineers. President Maithripala Sirisena, Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces has promoted the Commander of the Army, Lieutenant General Crishanthe De Silva RWP VSV USP ndu psc, to the rank of General to be effective from Tuesday (27 June 2017).He has been serving as the 21st Commander of the Sri Lanka Army to-date since 22 February 2015. He took office as the Chief of Staff on 1 August 2013 before undertaking an overseas assignment as Deputy Chief of Mission to the Embassy of Sri Lanka in Moscow on 16 May 2014.General Crisanthe De Silva, who has wide-ranging experience in various command, staff and instructional appointments, commanded the Sri Lanka Army Volunteer Force as its Commandant before he was appointed the Chief of Staff. He was also the Commander of the Security Force Headquarters, Kilinochchi and has served as Commander of the Forward Maintenance Area-East and Kilinochchi. Further, he commanded the Engineer Brigade, 512 and 562 Infantry Brigades as well. Enlisted to the Army on 6th February 1980 and commissioned afterwards on 18th July 1981 as a Second Lieutenant in the Corps of Sri Lanka Engineers, he counts an exemplary service career spanning over 37 years in the Army. To his credit, he has attended a number of local and foreign courses of academic and professional value, including the Young Officers’ Course at the prestigious Military College of Engineering Risalpur, Pakistan, his first overseas course. He is also a graduate of the Army Command and Staff College, Camberley, UK and Higher Command College Nanjing, China. He has also obtained a Masters Degree in Defence Studies from National Resilience Institute (Lembaga Ketahanan Nasional), the equivalent of National Defence University of Indonesia.In addition, he has attended the Senior Command Course at the College of Combat Mhow India, Bomb Disposal Course at the College of Military Engineering Pune, India, Engineer Officers Combat Engineering Instructor Course, Pune, India, Engineer Officers Earth-moving Plant, Workshop & Construction Plant, Pune, India, Engineer Company Commanders’ Course at the Military College of Engineering Risalpur, Pakistan and the Advanced Security Cooperation Executive Course at the Asia Pacific Centre for Security Studies, Hawai, USA.General De Silva is a proud product of the prestigious Royal College, Colombo and is more popularly known as ‘Crisanthe’ in the organization and among his associates. General De Silva is married to Mrs Nayana De Silva is blessed with twin sons. (Colombo Gazette) He has actively contributed to counter insurgency operations against the LTTE and was awarded the gallantry medals of Rana Wickrama Padakkama (RWP) and the Uttama Seva Padakkama (USP) for his unblemished military career. He has also been awarded the Vishista Seva Vibhushanaya (VSV) medal for excellent and distinguished career of uninterrupted service. read more

Missing man armed and dangerous

Police have issued an alert about a man in Haldimand who is considered to be armed and dangerous and believed to be afoot somewhere in the county.Shortly after midnight Wednesday, Haldimand OPP received a report of a Dunnville-area man in possession of a firearm who was said to be “in crisis.”Charles Potts, 34, was last seen in the area of Robinson Road. He is a white male about six feet tall with a medium build. He has red hair and a beard. When last seen, Potts was wearing red athletic shorts and black running shoes with red laces.Members of the OPP’s tactics and rescue team, Emergency Response Team, and an OPP canine unit are assisting Haldimand OPP in their search for Potts.Robinson Road between Stringer Road and Carter Road were closed for nine hours Wednesday while police conducted their search.Police advise the public not to approach anyone matching Potts’ description. Instead, they are asked to call 911 and report on his whereabouts.Anyone with information about this situation is asked to share it with Haldimand OPP at 1-888-310-1122. Tips can also be passed along to Crime Stoppers of Haldimand and Norfolk at 1-800-222-8477.Callers to Crime Stoppers who help solve a crime are eligible for a cash reward of up to $2, read more

March Madness Tommy Amaker Leads Harvard to 1st Tourney

Harvard, the Ivy League school that lost its best two players before the season to – of all things – an academic scandal – epitomized the catch phrase “March Madness” Thursday night, crafting a bracket-busting upset of No. 3-seed New Mexico.The No. 14- seeded Crimson, led by coach Tommy Amaker, earned a 68-62 first-round victory in Salt Lake City, the first NCAA Tournament win in school history. Somewhere, President Barack Obama, a Harvard graduate, is smiling.Harvard’s most famous hoops alum, Jeremy Lin of the Houston Rocets tweeted: “YYYYYEEEEESSSSSSSSS!!! HARVARD winssss!!! hahahahhah i told you.”Amaker’s scheme of milking the clock and using the final seconds to execute their offense worked, as Harvard shot 44 per cent from three-point range. Guard Wesley Saunders calmly scored 18 points, including three key late free throws, and Laurent Rivard made five threes to key the Harvard surge.“Certainly I feel like it’s been a tremendous season thus far,” said Amaker, the one-time coach at Michigan. “To do it in this fashion, on this stage, against an outstanding team. . . We had to play well and get some help by them by not playing so well at times.“But it means the world to us, a significant win for us. I talked to (the players) about how meaningful this season has been for me. . . as much as any other time I’ve had in coaching.”Harvard was not expected to win the Ivy League this season, but it did. Amaker held his team together after its two top players, Kyle Casey and Brandon Curry, were embroiled in a take-home test scandal involving 125 students. They withdrew from school, leaving the team less experienced and talent-deficient.Still, they made their way to the tournament for the third time in Amaker’s six years and punctuated it with the conference’s biggest upset in March Madness.Fans at the game could sense something special was happening, and the crowd quickly began supporting Harvard.“We talked about how if we could pick up some game pressure on New Mexico we could pick up some fans,” Amaker said. “People root for underdogs, but they follow top dogs.”Harvard will be underdogs again when it faces No. 6-seed Arizona on Saturday. Clearly, that is of little concern now. read more

Qatari powerhouse El Jaish and Antonio Gerona together until 2017

← Previous Story D DAY IN POLAND: Targets are semi-final and Olympic qualifications Next Story → SENSATION: Norwegian machines fight for the medal! The best handball team of Asia, Qatari El Jaish Sports Club extended deal with Spanish coach Antonio Gerona for one more season. According to new contract, former FC Barcelona youth coach will stay in Doha until the end of season 2016/2017. Management of the Qatari team showed satisfaction with the work and commitment of experienced coach, who brought the team to the TOP of League table even without six players – currently linked with the Qatari national team, which is preparing for the Olympic Games in Rio.El Jaish lead the Qatari league with 100% success in the recent part of the season.

Larch inmate who yearned for freedom gets longer sentence

first_imgA 29-year-old inmate was sentenced Wednesday to an additional four years and four months in prison for escaping May 18 from Larch Corrections Center, about five miles east of Hockinson.David D. McElroy pleaded guilty to one count of second-degree escape in exchange for a reduced charge. He was initially charged with first-degree escape, which carries an up to seven-year sentence.“He has a pretty lengthy sentence …, plus he already had a lengthy sentence he needed to complete,” said Vancouver attorney Mary Arden. “It’s unfortunate.”McElroy had been in prison since Christmas Eve 2011 for two counts of burglary and possession of a stolen vehicle, stolen property and methamphetamine. He was scheduled to be released Nov. 1, 2016. He’s now scheduled for release in February 2021.McElroy apparently climbed on top of a garbage can to scale a nearly 10-foot fence at Larch. He used towels and a pillow to shield himself from the fence’s razor wire at the top. He made it about 18 miles through the Yacolt Burn State Forest before he was spotted.last_img read more

WHS Softball Senior Profile Aliyah Tang

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — This is the final installment in a series of profiles celebrating the five recent WHS graduates who played on this year’s varsity softball team.Aliyah TangAliyah began playing softball the summer going into 9th grade. Aliyah had always been athletic and was able to pick up a new sport that she was interested in very quickly. Growing up, Aliyah was always fast and her speed came in handy with her new found love for the game of softball. Growing up, she took part in many different sports. She cheered, played basketball, volleyball, and even ran track/xc. All of her close friends played softball and encouraged her to play with them on the Lowell Mojo team during the summer just for fun. Luckily, she found her sport and kept at it for the next four years.A few months after high school started, Aliyah found out Mojo was discontinuing its program. She found a place on the New England Nor’easters with coach Timothy Kieran. She needed a lot of work, but Tim saw a lot of potential in her and helped shape her to be the player she is today. Aliyah was welcomed with open arms by teammates she will never forget; Ryan Bailey and Gianna Brunetto. She found her new softball family.Aliyah started off as a third basemen with Mojo because of her strong arm, then Tim saw her potential as an outfielder. She was quick and tracked balls easily. The summer after freshman year ended, she had a great season with NE and continued to play fall ball with Tim. She met her new teammates Antonia Kieran who she is now best friends with and Adele Burton. Most importantly, she met her close friend Ally Moran. She would soon end her softball career in 2018 catching for Ally, building a strong friendship.In October 2015, Aliyah’s family moved to Wilmington and she enrolled into WHS. Aliyah was now with all of her Nor’easter teammates and she felt at home. Sophomore year, she took part in Wilmington High’s softball program as an outfielder and slap hitter. Going into 11th grade she played for the Northeast Xtreme and found her calling as a catcher. Although her family wishes she caught sooner in her career, they’re glad she ended her amazing senior season catching for the Wildcats.Aliyah will be attending Auburn University and majoring in Mechanical Engineering. Her family is extremely proud of her accomplishments.Aliyah Tang(NOTE: The above profile is from Wilmington Little League.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWHS SOFTBALL: Wildcats Defeat Winchester (9-3) & Arlington (5-2) To Improve To 7-2In “Sports”WHS Softball Senior Profile: Adele BurtonIn “Sports”WHS SOFTBALL: Wildcats Wrap Up Regular Season With 10-0 WinIn “Sports”last_img read more

Ram Charan Teja and Wife Upasana Kamineni to Move to Mumbai Soon

first_imgSouthern superstar Chiranjeevi’s son Ram Charan Teja who is making his Bollywood debut as Inspector Vijay in “Zanjeer” remake is serious about his career in the Hindi film industry.The Tollywood actor, who is presently in Mumbai for the film’s shooting, is reportedly on a hunt for a home in the financial capital. The “Magadheera” star apparently took help from his mentor Salman Khan to buy a suitable place in Mumbai.After a week of searching for a house, Ram Charan has zeroed in on a property in Bandra, close to where Salman Khan lives. The house is also close to Shahrukh Khan’s house “Mannat”, which is located in the same district.Though several southern stars like Rajinikant, Kamal Hasan, Surya, R. Madhavan and Ram Charan’s father Chiranjeevi have had a share of success in Bollywood, they all went back to their respective film industry. Ram Charan, on the other hand, is thinking of establishing a parallel career in the Hindi film industry.”He is already the numero uno in Hyderabad. Ram doesn’t want Zanjeer to be a one-off blockbuster in Hindi like his dad’s Pratibandh. He wants to build a career brick by brick in Mumbai. And that means setting up a home in Mumbai,” The Times of India quoted a close friend of the actor as saying.Apart from pursing his career in Bollywood, another reason why he is hunting for a house in Mumbai is because of his wife Upasana Kamineni.Upasana Kamineni is the vice-chairman of Apollo Charity and granddaughter of Prathap C Reddy, the Managing Director of the Apollo Hospitals. Apparently, Kamineni has some hospital expansions plans in Mumbai.”Upasana and Ram want to set up a home in Mumbai from where they can pursue their respective careers. While she will work on the hospital project in Mumbai Ramcharan intends to build his Bollywood career beyond Zanjeer. He has already given the nod to another film with the Zanjeer director Apoorva Lakhia which will also star Abhishek Bachchan and is in talks with a leading corporate house in Mumbai for a lucrative 3-film deal,” the friend said.The Telugu actor confirmed the news saying that he was in Mumbai last week in search of a good property and saw three properties in and around Bandra.”I was in Mumbai last week to buy a home. I saw three properties in and around Bandra. Now I am going back to Mumbai with my wife to finalize the deal. The deal will be sealed in a week,” the actor said.last_img read more

US presidents eradefining summits

first_imgUS president Donald Trump speaks during a news conference after his meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un at the Capella Hotel on Sentosa island in Singapore on 12 June 2018. Photo: ReutersDonald Trump hailed his meeting with Kim Jong Un as the start of a process that would rid North Korea of its nuclear weapons.While experts on North Korea were largely underwhelmed immediately after the summit, most agreed that the very fact of their having met was potentially significant and could play out over the coming years.Previous American presidents have also reached out to long-term foes, holding what turned out to be legacy-defining meetings.Here are two of the most significant summits:- Reagan and Gorbachev, 1986 -Following a decades-long Cold War arms race that saw the United States and the Soviet Union amass tens of thousands of nuclear warheads, the two superpowers decided to sit down in October 1986 and discuss a radical proposal: the elimination of their nuclear arsenals.US president Ronald Reagan and Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev met in Iceland’s capital in a bid to reach an agreement. The Reykjavik summit lasted two days but the talks collapsed. Washington refused to roll back development of its “Star Wars” missile defence project, which was unacceptable to the Kremlin.In the years to come, however, the summit came to be seen as the harbinger of significant de-escalation. It led to a treaty the next year under which both Cold War powers would eliminate their short- and intermediate-range nuclear missiles. Thousands of these weapons were scrapped in what was the first major weapons reduction by the rivals.his handout photo taken on 12 June 2018 and released by The Straits Times shows US President Donald Trump (R) and North Korea`s leader Kim Jong Un (L) looking on as documents are exchanged between US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo (2nd R) and the North Korean leader`s sister Kim Yo Jong (2nd L) at a signing ceremony during their historic US-North Korea summit, at the Capella Hotel on Sentosa island in Singapore. Photo: AFPDespite the failure to reach an agreement, Reykjavik is seen by many as a turning point in the Cold War. Gorbachev continued to push through with internal reforms he had started since coming to power, and the Soviet Union eventually collapsed in 1991.- Nixon and China, 1972 -The United States broke off ties with China when the communists, led by Mao Zedong, took over the country in 1949. The relationship remained in limbo for almost two decades, during which their forces squared off in the Korean and Vietnam conflicts.Then Richard Nixon won the 1968 US presidential election and decided to reach out to Beijing.It started with secret contacts to lay the groundwork for formal contact, including a covert trip by Nixon’s national security adviser Henry Kissinger in 1971.A year later — in February 1972 — Nixon flew to China in what is widely considered one of the most important geopolitical events of the 20th century. The US leader met with the top Chinese leadership, including Mao and premier Zhou Enlai.It kicked off formal contacts that led to full diplomatic ties in December 1978, and Washington withdrawing recognition from Taiwan. Nixon’s gamble is also seen by many as catalysing the end of communist China’s isolation and opening up to the rest of the world.last_img

Baltimores Living Classroom Uses Hands On Education to Empower

first_imgThe Living Classrooms Foundation has a been a gem in Baltimore for over 30 years. What started as one program in Baltimore has expanded to dozens of programs across the Baltimore-Washington Metropolitan Area including Living Classrooms’ Target Investment Zone (TIZ). The TIZ is a comprehensive community initiative to eliminate the cycle of poverty across neighborhoods in East Baltimore. The TIZ accomplishes this through multi-generational educational, workforce development, and health and wellness programs across East Baltimore, including The Crossroads School, the POWER House, and the UA House.Living Classrooms at Frederick Douglass-Isaac Meyers Maritime Park (Photo credit: Michael Vergason)TIZ is home to 35,000 people, 18 schools, and approximately 2,500 public housing units, including Perkins Homes and Pleasant View Gardens. These neighborhoods struggle with high poverty and unemployment, high crime and chronic health problems.The programs and services are implemented according to the needs of the community using Living Classrooms Stat, which measures, monitors and evaluates these needs. A lot of this would not be possible without generous donations from several corporations throughout Maryland, including the financial giant Legg Mason. Legg Mason has recently pledged $1 million to help finance the programs and services offered at the POWER House for the next four years.Legg Mason has been a financial partner of Living Classrooms for decades.The POWER House is a hub for Perkins Homes—Baltimore’s largest public housing community—and serves the residents with educational, job training and other services.The POWER House is an acronym for Providing Opportunities to Work, Expand, and Rise.“As Legg Mason extends its commitment to investing in Baltimore, it was natural to build on that success,” said Joseph Sullivan, Chairman and CEO of Legg Mason. “Our mission, ‘Investing to Improve Lives’ means we are dedicated to improving the lives of the multiple constituencies with whom we interact: clients, financial stakeholders, employees and communities.   That’s a high standard and one to which we are proud to be accountable.  We cannot succeed without the leadership and commitment of partners like Living Classrooms.  Through true partnership with multiple committed stakeholders, we can build a foundation for the young people of this neighborhood to succeed and contribute to the success of this vibrant city.” James Piper Bond, president and CEO of Living Classrooms Foundation, thanked the company for its commitment. “We are very grateful to Legg Mason for providing generous support of our mission to disrupt the cycle of poverty in East Baltimore by becoming the Champion of the POWER House Community Center and investing significant funding and volunteer engagement,” said Bond. “Partnerships like these, incorporating the investments of the public and private sectors, empower the success of the children and families in Perkins Homes, the Target Investment Zone, and beyond.”The POWER House offers exemplary educational resources with a focus on higher academic achievement, graduation rates, and readiness for post-secondary school. This community hub also provides adults with GED testing services, financial literacy, English as a Second Language, and job training skills. Another community hub within the TIZ is the UA House, a $5 million facility funded by Cupid Foundation, a private foundation of Kevin Plank, founder and CEO of Under Armour.The UA House boasts a field house, a yoga and dance studio, recording studio as well as a neighborhood kitchen—providing meals for those in need.The site is also a Maryland State Department of Education 21st Century Community Learning Center. Also in the TIZ is the Crossroads Schools, which finally received a permanent home this school year. The Crossroads School is a top-rated middle school now located in Harbor East. The new building was made possible through a generous $800,000 donation from the Edward St. John Foundation. After 12 years of operating out of temporary trailers, the new school has 12 classrooms serving 162 students who have benefitted from increased technology such as smart boards. “We are proud to support the great work of the Living Classrooms’ Crossroads School,” said Edward St. John, chairman and founder of St. John Properties.  “I firmly believe that education has the power to transform lives and strengthen communities.  It provides the foundation for success.  Through this new middle school, the students will now have the advanced learning and teaching space that they deserve.”In its 13 years of operation, Crossroads has maintained its status of being one of the top performing middle schools in the city and state. In 2002, when Crossroads first opened its doors, it welcomed some of East Baltimore’s most disadvantaged students, many failing below in reading and math. Now deemed as a Strand I school, Crossroads students outperformed every district on the PARCC tests in 2015 and has the highest scores in Baltimore City for eighth grade math. One hundred percent of its graduates are accepted either into public or private college preparatory schools. “I would not be the student or person I am had I not attended The Crossroads School,” said Najee Rollins, Crossroads alumnus and recent Denison University graduate.  “Coming from a rough neighborhood in Baltimore City, I appreciate the attention I received from Crossroads’ teachers who nurtured me as a student and prepared me for the rigor I have faced academically since then.”Living Classrooms Foundation’s mission is to strengthen communities and inspire young people to achieve their potential through hands-on education and job-training, using urban, natural, and maritime resources as “living classrooms.”last_img read more