Indian citizenship would not be granted to any foreigner without the consent of state governments concerned after the passage of the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, the home ministry said on Tuesday.Ministry spokesperson Ashok Prasad said every application for Indian citizenship will be checked by the deputy commissioner or district magistrate concerned, who will carry out due diligence and submit it to the state government concerned. Read it at One India Related Items
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(REOPENS DEL 58) (REOPENS DEL 58) Sumit, who had a chance to book an Olympic berth had he won his repechage round followed by two more bouts, also did not turn up for his bout, thereby forfeiting it. None of these grapplers bothered to follow the proper procedure of officially withdrawing from the competition, which had prompted the world body to debar them from taking part in the last Olympic qualifying event in Istanbul, Turkey, which took place earlier this month. Meanwhile, Rahul Aware, who was shortlisted by the WFI to train in Tbilisi, Georgia, along with his Mens Freestyle and Greco-Roman colleagues, refused to board the flight to Georgia, claiming that his visa had not been done for the two Olympic qualification events in Mongolia and Turkey. No amount of convincing by the WFI could persuade him and Aware returned home from the airport, wasting his ticket. Another wrestler, Gurpreet Singh, who weighed 500gm more than what was stipulated to be eligible for the Greco-Roman 75kg category competition at the 2nd World Qualifying tournament at Istanbul, was issued a show-cause notice at the end of the tournament. Thus, he has been given some more time to reply. “His case will be taken up later, as he is given some time to reply to the show cause notice,” chief coach Jagminder said. PTI CM PM PM
TURIN, Italy (AP) — Paulo Dybala said last week he doesn’t want to be known as the new Lionel Messi. On Tuesday, the Argentine proved he can be just as good as his more famous compatriot, scoring two goals as Juventus beat Barcelona 3-0 in the first leg of their Champions League quarterfinal.Dybala, who was given a standing ovation when he was substituted nine minutes from time, broke the deadlock in the seventh minute and doubled his tally in the 22nd. Giorgio Chiellini added the third, 10 minutes after the break.“I’m really happy because since I was a kid I wanted to experience these moments,” the 23-year-old Dybala said. “It’s one of my best nights, but we mustn’t ruin it next Wednesday.”Click image to watch Juventus goals against Barcelona(AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)The result will give Juventus plenty of confidence heading into the second leg on April 19, but it will be wary of another fantastic comeback from Messi’s Barcelona, which beat Paris Saint-Germain 6-1 in its last match to become the first team to overturn a 4-0 first-leg loss in the history of the competition.“The sensation is that we are living through another nightmare,” Barcelona coach Luis Enrique said. “We gave away two goals in the first half and against a team like Juventus you pay for it. As a coach it’s very difficult to explain, Juventus was superior to us in every way. I’m responsible 101 percent … (and) I don’t want to talk about a comeback.”But he added: “Certainly, if we get back to our level we can score four goals against anyone.”The other first-leg match between Borussia Dortmund and Monaco was called off and rescheduled for Wednesday after three explosions went off near the German team’s bus as it set off for the match, injuring defender Marc Bartra.Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri again used his daring 4-2-3-1 formation, which has seen his team play some of its best soccer of the season as it utilizes all five of its star attackers.“We need to be happy with all we have done, but we need to keep our feet on the ground because we still haven’t achieved anything,” Allegri said. “It’s not over, we’ll need to play with bravery again … but we know the weaknesses of Barcelona and also our strengths.”Juventus was aggressive from the start and almost scored in the third minute when Gonzalo Higuain’s header from a free kick taken by Miralem Pjanic was dropped by Marc-Andre ter Stegen, but the Barcelona goalkeeper recovered in time.However, the hosts did take the lead four minutes later when Juan Cuadrado pulled a cross back from the right flank for Dybala to curl the ball into the bottom left corner.Messi was largely kept quiet all night, but he provided a superb ball over the top for Andres Iniesta, whose effort was turned around the right post by Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon.That save proved pivotal as Juventus doubled its lead moments later when Mario Mandzukic’s cross was deflected to Dybala, who drove a first-time shot into the left of the goal.“Paulo had a great game but the whole team had a great game, those who started and the substitutes,” Allegri said. “It was a great victory, achieved by everyone.”Barcelona thought it had pulled a goal back on the half hour, but Messi’s strike was ruled out as Luis Suarez had strayed offside.Juventus had several chances to extend its lead and finally did so when Chiellini headed in a corner off the inside of the left post.Chiellini later dedicated the goal to his former Italy teammate Giuseppe Rossi after the American-born forward suffered another serious knee injury.Suarez almost got a crucial away goal for Barcelona in the 67th but his effort hit the outside of the left post.Barcelona should have had a penalty, moments later, when Chiellini handled the ball in the area but nothing was given.Juventus also had reason to feel aggrieved by refereeing decisions, as Cuadrado had a goal ruled out for offside – but television replays indicated it should have been allowed.However, Dybala had already scored the decisive goals, a day after Italian daily La Repubblica had quoted him as saying in an interivew: “There is only one Messi, like (Diego) Maradona. No one has ever told me that I am his heir.”Copyright 2017 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.TweetPinShare0 Shares
Qatar coach Felix Sanchez said his team would not be distracted from the “most important match in the country’s football history” by a protest over the eligibility of two of their best players at the Asian Cup.The National newspaper reported on Thursday, the eve of the Asian Cup final between Qatar and Japan, that the United Arab Emirates had formally questioned the eligibility of 22-year-old Almoez Ali and Iraqi-born defender Bassam Al Rawi, 21.Sudan-born striker Ali scored his record-equalling eighth goal of the tournament when Qatar humiliated the UAE hosts 4-0 in the semi-finals on Tuesday, while Al Rawi was suspended for that match but expected to return in the final.The governing Asian Football Confederation (AFC) confirmed that a protest had been received from the UAE FA regarding two players and that it would be “reviewed in line with the AFC Regulations”.Spaniard Sanchez, however, said that his squad was concentrating exclusively on preparing for Friday’s match at Zayed Sports City Stadium.”We are only focused on the game we’re going to play tomorrow, any other things not related to football is not in our minds at the moment.”I’m not concerned at all,” he said, adding when asked whether the protest might act as motivation for his players: “My players need no more motivation than to play an Asian Cup final.”FIFA requirements mandate that a player switching national teams must either qualify through their parents or grandparents or have resided in a country for five years after their 18th birthday.advertisementThere was no immediate response to a request for comment from either the UAE or the Qatar FA.The protest comes against a background of a political and economic boycott of Qatar which the UAE launched with Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and Egypt in 2017. The four countries accuse Qatar of supporting terrorism, which it denies.The political rift was manifest in Abu Dhabi on Tuesday when Emirati fans hurled sandals and drinks bottles at Ali and two other players celebrating their goals during the semi-final.The rift also means that almost no Qatari fans or media have been in the UAE to support and report on their run to a first continental final.Sanchez said beating four-time champions Japan on Friday would be the biggest achievement in the game for the host nation of the 2022 World Cup.”This is most important game in Qatar’s football history,” he said.”The players are confident and looking forward to the game but have a lot of respect for our opponents, who have a fantastic squad and have played a great tournament.”Also Watch:
(Photo by Buda Mendes/Getty Images)Former Colgate star Jordan Scott, one of the best running backs in Patriot League history, is dead at 31. He tragically died after jumping off of a dam at a resort while on vacation in Thailand.Scott is all-time leader in rushing attempts in all of Division I football. The 2009 grad carried the rock 1,240 times during his Raiders career, piling up 5,621 yards and 57 touchdowns. Both were Patriot League records when his career ended.He remains second in both yards and touchdowns in conference history. This season, Fordham’s Chase Edmonds passed him in those categories.Jordan Scott, a Washington, D.C. native, was on vacation with friends in Thailand last week.On Friday, while on a visit to a resort near Khao Sok National Park, he jumped off of Ratchaprapa Dam. After his second jump, he never resurfaced.Local authorities found his body on Monday. He was confirmed dead earlier today by the Bangkok Post.More on the tragic incident, from The Oneida Daily Dispatch:According to Friday’s edition of the Bangkok Post, the 31-year-old failed to surface after jumping into the water at the Ratchaprapa Dam, near Surat Thani in the Ban Ta Khun district. That area is located about an hour’s flight south of Bangkok.Scott hailed from Washington, D.C., and he was visiting the area with five friends. It was Scott’s second jump into the water, which is estimated at 150 feet deep at that point next to the dam. The structure spans 2,500 feet and was built in 1987.According to the report, the resort will pay Scott’s family $31,000, which it will receive from its accident insurance package.Colgate head coach Dan Hunt praised his former star running back, for both his on-field accomplishments, and for who he was as a person:“Jordan was one of the best players we’ve ever had here but also one of the better people,” Colgate head coach Dan Hunt said. “He made everybody around him better and made everybody feel welcome.”[…]“He’ll be missed, and you will see in the next days and weeks to come the strength that is Colgate Football. We will rally behind him and his family. To have a career like that and to leave marks like he did kind of gives you a little bit of immortality. He will be remembered forever.”A GoFundMe campaign has also raised over $36,000 on what was a $16,000 goal to bring home his body. The excess funds will be donated in Jordan’s memory. Our thoughts go out to his friends and family, and the Colgate community during this incredibly difficult time.[The Oneida Daily Dispatch]
The event was held to commission a study on the economic value of the diaspora being undertaken by the Caribbean Policy Research Institute (CaPRI) and the Jamaica Diaspora Institute (JDI). Story Highlights This was reported by the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Senator the Hon. Kamina Johnson Smith, while speaking at a Jamaica Diaspora Day Breakfast event held on Friday (June 16) at the Jamaica National Financial Centre on Belmont Road, Kingston. The diaspora has contributed US$186,000 to the education sector for the period April 2016 to March 2017. The diaspora has contributed US$186,000 to the education sector for the period April 2016 to March 2017.This was reported by the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Senator the Hon. Kamina Johnson Smith, while speaking at a Jamaica Diaspora Day Breakfast event held on Friday (June 16) at the Jamaica National Financial Centre on Belmont Road, Kingston.The event was held to commission a study on the economic value of the diaspora being undertaken by the Caribbean Policy Research Institute (CaPRI) and the Jamaica Diaspora Institute (JDI).It was also part of activities to observe Diaspora Day celebrated locally and abroad on June 16.Minister Johnson Smith said the money came from in-kind donations in the form of educational materials, inclusive of books and computers.“We truly value the sacrifices that many of them make to their families and communities evidenced by their generous gifts, whether through philanthropic donations or sharing of their time, skills and expertise,” she said.The Minister said that Jamaican nationals overseas have also provided an important niche market for non-traditional products.She said that products, such as yams, sweet potatoes, papaya, dasheen, pumpkin, mangoes, breadfruit, callaloo and ackee are now top agricultural exports to the United Kingdom, United States of America (USA) and Canada.“During the period 2005 to 2015, the USA represented the major market for agricultural exports,” she added.The Foreign Affairs Minister said that the Government is committed to removing the bureaucratic hurdles that hinder investments.She cited the Economic Growth Council, which she said was created “to remove the bureaucratic barriers that exists and encourage innovation and a level of pragmatism in our government processes.”Turning to the study which will highlight the true value of the Diaspora, Minister Johnson Smith said it will enable the government and the private sector to design innovative strategies that are relevant to the Diaspora, taking into account their unique needs and preferences in their respective locations.“It is imperative that we secure empirical data of the current and potential value of the partnership between Jamaica and its Diaspora,” she stated.
zoom Due to a soft chemical tanker sector, the chemical shipping company Navig8 Chemical Tankers reported a drop in net income to USD 3.7 million for the three months ended September 30, 2016, compared to a net income of USD 9.6 million seen in the same quarter of 2015.The company said that the decrease in net income is mainly attributable to lower gross average daily time charter equivalent (TCE) rates achieved in the three months, partially offset by an increase in total operating days compared to the same period in the prior year.Revenue for the period stood at USD 35.8 million, compared to revenue of USD 28.7 million reported a year earlier, while the total number of vessel operating days for the three months increased by 857 to 2,140 compared to the same period in the prior year.“The chemical tanker sector remained soft in the third quarter as refinery maintenance season continued. The result was fewer cargoes and greater competition, a dynamic exacerbated by a weak CPP sector that limited opportunities for swing tonnage to tighten chemical tanker supply,” said Nicolas Busch, Chief Executive Officer of Navig8 Chemical Tankers Inc.During the quarter, Navig8 Chemical Tankers expanded its fleet with the delivery of one 49,000 dwt IMO2 Interline‐coated chemical tanker, Navig8 Topaz and one 25,000 dwt stainless steel chemical tanker, Navig8 Sky.Additionally, another 49,000 dwt IMO2 Interline‐coated chemical tanker, Navig8 Tourmaline, and two 25,000 dwt stainless steel chemical tankers, Navig8 Spark and Navig8 Stellar, were added to the company’s fleet in October.Furthermore, the shipping firm entered into sale and leaseback agreements with subsidiaries of Japan‐based SBI Holdings Inc. for two 25,000 dwt stainless steel chemical tankers for net proceeds of USD 74 million, and cancelled the construction contracts for five IMO2 49,000 dwt Interline‐coated medium range tankers at STX Offshore & Shipbuilding Co., Ltd.
OTTAWA – Leaders of indigenous groups have joined a growing list of people asking the federal government to delay its plans to make recreational marijuana legal in Canada by next summer.The Metis National Council and the Chiefs of Ontario are before the House of Commons health committee as it reviews the federal pot legislation.Ontario Regional Chief Isadore Day says there are more questions than answers about everything from health implications and on-reserve sales to prevention programs and law enforcement on reserves and he says the government has much more work to do consulting First Nations.Day says there are also concerns about keeping marijuana out of the hands of First Nations youth on reserves, pointing to data from the United States which showed legal pot from Colorado was easily making its way to young people on reserves hundreds of miles away.Clara Morin Dal Col of the Metis National Council, says she feels everything is being rushed without proper attention to the impacts of the change.Police officials have told the committee there’s no chance they’ll be ready to start enforcing the new law by next summer.
The evolution of modern human face may have been partly driven by our need for good social skills, according to a study. As large-brained, short-faced hominins, our faces are different from other, now extinct hominins, such as the Neanderthals, and our closest living relatives bonobos and chimpanzees, said researchers from the University of York in the UK. The study, published in the journal Nature Ecology and Evolution, traced changes in the evolution of the face from the early African hominins to the appearance of modern human anatomy. Also Read – An income drop can harm brainThe researchers conclude that social communication has been somewhat overlooked as a factor underlying the modern human facial form. Our faces should be seen as the result of a combination of biomechanical, physiological and social influences, researchers said. They suggest that our faces evolved not only due to factors such as diet and climate, but possibly also to provide more opportunities for gesture and nonverbal communication. These are vital skills for establishing the large social networks which are believed to have helped Homo sapiens to survive, researchers said. Also Read – Shallu Jindal honoured with Mahatma Award”We can now use our faces to signal more than 20 different categories of emotion via the contraction or relaxation of muscles,” said Paul O’Higgins, a professor at the University of York. “It’s unlikely that our early human ancestors had the same facial dexterity as the overall shape of the face and the positions of the muscles were different,” O’Higgins said. Instead of the pronounced brow ridge of other hominins, humans developed a smooth forehead with more visible, hairy eyebrows capable of a greater range of movement. This, alongside our faces becoming more slender, allows us to express a wide range of subtle emotions – including recognition and sympathy. “We know that other factors such as diet, respiratory physiology and climate have contributed to the shape of the modern human face, but to interpret its evolution solely in terms of these factors would be an oversimplification.” The human face has been partly shaped by the mechanical demands of feeding and over the past 100,000 years our faces have been getting smaller as our developing ability to cook and process food led to a reduced need for chewing. This facial shrinking process has become particularly marked since the agricultural revolution, as we switched from being hunter gatherers to agriculturalists and then to living in cities – lifestyles that led to increasingly pre-processed foods and less physical effort. “Softer modern diets and industrialised societies may mean that the human face continues to decrease in size,” said O’Higgins. “There are limits on how much the human face can change however, for example breathing requires a sufficiently large nasal cavity,” he said. “However, within these limits, the evolution of the human face is likely to continue as long as our species survives, migrates and encounters new environmental and cultural conditions.”
OTTAWA — Canadian National is apologizing for failing to keep grain shipments moving reliably by rail, and says it’s taking immediate steps to clear the backlog — including mobilizing more train cars and workers.The move comes just two days after CN dumped its president and CEO amid growing complaints that the backlog of shipments is compromising Canada’s reputation as a reliable exporter, costing sales and putting farmers in a cash-flow crunch.“We apologize for not meeting the expectations of our grain customers, nor our own high standards,” Jean-Jacques Ruest, who took over the helm of CN from Luc Jobin on an interim basis, said in a statement early Wednesday.‘We’ve really felt the pinch’: As silos fill up, farmers call on Ottawa to ease rail backlogsGrain industry facing ‘dire situation’ as backlog of grain shipments growCanadian rail crunch leaving oil, grain stranded, crushing crude prices and farmers’ pocketbooks“The entire CN team has a sense of urgency and is fully focused on getting it right for farmers and our grain customers, regaining the confidence of Canadian businesses and protecting Canada’s reputation as a stable trade partner in world markets.“Moving the Canadian economy is in our DNA. We can and we will do much better and that starts today — no excuses.”Among other things, the company says it’s offering incentives for key operating employees to delay retirement and postpone vacations, and to entice recently-retired employees to return to work.It’s also deploying qualified managers to operate extra trains and adding train crews in western Canada.CN says it has leased 130 locomotives to increase capacity, almost all of which are now in use. And it’s investing more than $250 million this year to build new track and yard capacity in western Canada.According to the Ag Transport Coalition, CN and Canadian Pacific combined provided only 38 per cent of the rail cars ordered by grain shippers during the week of Feb. 12 — CP delivered 66 per cent of its orders and CN just 17 per cent.On Tuesday, Transport Minister Marc Garneau and Agriculture Minister Lawrence MacAulay wrote a joint letter aimed at putting pressure on the country’s two major railways to clear the backlog.They expressed their “serious concern” about the failure of the railways to meet the expectations of shippers and customers over the winter. While the ministers said they understand the railways have faced challenges due to a larger than expected grain crop last year and extreme winter weather, they called the companies’ performance “disappointing.”The ministers asked the railways to publicly provide a clear description of how they intend to clear the backlog, as well as their plans for maintaining the fluidity of future shipments. They gave the companies until March 15 to publish the information on their websites.The duo said the backlog has created problems that are most acute for farmers, who need their grain delivered in order to have the cash to pay off past loans and purchase inputs for the coming crop year. But they also said shippers in a variety of other sectors — including forestry, energy and chemicals — have “lost significant business and opportunities” due to the inability to move their products in a timely way.In its statement, CN said it will provide weekly tracking of grain shipments. The company also urged Parliament to pass Bill C-49 swiftly.The legislation, which has been stalled in the Senate since the fall, would financially penalize railways that fail to deliver promised rail cars on time. It would also require railways to publicly report each summer on their abilities to move that year’s grain crop, and to publish by Oct. 1 each year a winter contingency plan for keeping shipments moving regardless of bad weather.
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email canadian paralympic team|petro canada|Rio|Suncor by Ian Campbell Posted Sep 9, 2016 9:32 pm MDT It’s been the corporate face of Canadian athletes for an entire generation, Friday night it renewed their company’s commitment to Canadian paralympians.Suncor made it official on behalf of Petro Canada at Canadian Paralympic Village in Rio in front of a crowd of athletes, coaches, families and friends.They’ll be a sponsor and premier partner of the Canadian Paralympic Committee moving forward for the next eight years.“This partnership renewal is fantastic news for today’s athletes and coaches, as well as for the teams of tomorrow,” said para-swimmer Sabrina Duchesne.It first began in Calgary back in 1988 and since then it has helped more than 2,700 athletes on their way to competition.Every year, 52 promising athletes are also awarded the $10,000 Fuelling Athlete and Coaching Excellence (FACE) grant which has since doled out $9.5 million in the last 28 years.“We couldn’t be more proud of this partnership, which began in 1988 and is still going strong today,” said Steve Williams, president and CEO of Suncor in a news release.The 2016 Paralympic Games are underway now in Rio and they will continue until September 18th. Suncor’s Petro Canada renews commitment to Canada’s paralympic athletes
“We have all been following recent developments in Yemen with the deepest concern,” said Mr. Ban, as he briefed the 15-member Council alongside the UN Special Advisor, Jamal Benomar. “Let me be clear: Yemen is collapsing before our eyes. We cannot stand by and watch,” the UN chief warned.Despite the formation of a new Government in November 2014 aimed at ending a period of political turbulence and bringing about a full transition towards democracy, Yemen continues to be plagued by violence and mass political demonstrations.Just two weeks ago, Mr. Ban voiced serious concern about developments following the abduction by the opposition group Ansarallah of President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi’s chief of staff and the resignation of the President and Prime Minister amid a takeover of the capital, Sana’a by secessionist Houthi militants. This followed a steady deterioration since the beginning of the year as Government forces clashed with militant groups throughout the capital.At the same time, the Secretary-General said today, “widespread and lethal” attacks by Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) and escalating hostilities between AQAP and the Houthis have pushed the country to the edge of civil war. These developments, coupled with a burgeoning humanitarian crisis which has enveloped an “astounding” 61 per cent of the population, now threaten regional and international peace and security, Mr. Ban added. “Given these troubling circumstances, we all have a solemn obligation to live up to our commitments under the UN Charter,” he continued. “We must do everything possible to help Yemen step back from the brink and get the political process back on track.”The Secretary-General pointed out that Yemen’s transition had, in fact, an agreed roadmap. Nonetheless, he also appealed to all members of the Council to work closely with regional and international partners to help de-escalate tensions in the Gulf country and “pave the way for a peaceful way forward through political negotiations.”In addition, he said members should urgently boost funding for the 2015 Humanitarian Response Plan – a critical element towards “preventing an escalation of the conflict and creating the basis for reverting to peaceful political transition, which I firmly believe is the way forward.”UN Special Adviser on Yemen, Jamal Benomar, who has continued to facilitate negotiations with all national stakeholders despite very difficult operational circumstances, also cautioned the Council that Yemen stood at a “crossroad.”“Either the country will descend into civil war and disintegration, or the country will find a way to put the transition back on track,” he declared. “This largely depends on the political will of Yemeni leaders. They all bear responsibility for the current state of affairs, as well as responsibility for finding a way to pull the country from the brink. The transition, he said, had managed to make “good progress” despite the “many minefields” encountered along the way. Now, however, it remained in disarray amid a series of “dramatic events” including unilateral actions by Ansarallah which had created a “strong backlash domestically and internationally.”The effects of this continuing instability have transformed Yemen into a patchwork of simmering feuds – an explosive mix of unresolved grievances which risk inundating the entire peace-making process. In the oil-rich province of Mareb, for instance, Mr. Benomar noted that the situation had become “very tense” with many locals fearing an imminent confrontation between Houthis and tribesmen. Meanwhile, in the South, the situation remains volatile with Southerners, long marginalized and excluded from Yemeni political life, now demanding full separation. The Special Adviser also reiterated Mr. Ban’s concerns about the resurgence of AQAP and Yemen’s brimming financial insecurity which, he cautioned, would only further exacerbate the country’s deep humanitarian crisis.“The political, humanitarian and security environments pose serious challenges for UN operations. Nevertheless, the UN will not leave,” he continued. “Despite all the setbacks this dream is still alive. The Yemenis can still make it. The Security Council and the international community have a responsibility to support them in these difficult times.”
The Redeployment Coordination Committee (RCC) is led by retired Major General Patrick Cammaert, who previously served in a variety of peacekeeping roles at the United Nations, including as Force Commander of the former Mission in Ethiopia and Eritrea (UNMEE), and Military Adviser to UN peacekeeping (DPKO).The RCC members are drawn from military and security representatives of the Yemeni Government and the Houthi militia, with General Cammaert in the role of Chair. In addition, several international observers may be deployed in the city and port of Hudaydah, as well as Saleef and Ras Isa: these ports are critical to the delivery of aid to the country, which has for months now, been home to the world’s worst humanitarian crisis.UN Spokesperson Stéphane Dujarric told reporters at UN Headquarters that General Cammaert had “reiterated the commitment of the UN to help the parties to de-escalate tensions” and “highlighted the primacy of the humanitarian goal of the ceasefire and the importance of securing unhindered flow of humanitarian aid”, during the inaugural RCC briefing. InTuesday’s briefing, Mr. Dujarric said that UN chief António Guterres was “breathing down the neck” of officials to make sure that the UN observers are deployed as soon as possible to monitor the ceasefire. The spokesperson said that General Cammaert has reiterated the importance of securing the unhindered flow of humanitarian aid through the ports, and the commitment of the UN to help the opposing parties fulfil their obligations and commitments, and to help them to de-escalate tensions.General Cammaert will travel on Thursday to Amman, Jordan, with a small advance team, and from there to the Yemeni Capital of Sana’a and Hudaydah. The spokesperson said that General Cammaert plans to convene a first face-to-face meeting with the Committee as soon as possible.
NOVELIST, JUSTICE MINISTER… and, now, apparently, table tennis aficionado.Alan Shatter has been visiting Irish troops in Lebanon as the 108th UNIFIL Battalion prepares to fly home following the conclusion of a six-month tour-of-duty.There was a ceremony today to mark the change-over of personnel.Along with his typical duties — inspecting the troops, watching flags being handed-over — the veteran Dublin South politician also made time in his busy schedule to take on the Irish Army at table tennis.There’s no word from the Defence Forces on who won — or whether the Minister laid down his ping-pong challenge to the entire Battalion.From the looks of it though, the Fine Gael TD tackled the encounter in a typically no-nonsense Shatter-esque manner.What do you reckon’s being said? Answers below, please.Update 8.25pm: A Defence Forces source tells us the Minister won. No surprise, really: turns out he’s a pretty experienced player. From AlanShatter.ie: ”Alan played League Table Tennis for some years with Dundrum Table Tennis Club”. [Defence Forces Press]
Sat 10:01 AM 2 Comments ‘Three minds working for the wellness of a player is always better than one’: Inside Dublin’s three in-a-row bid Dublin ladies team doctor Dr Katie Lydon, physio Antia O’Brien and performance nutritionist Kate McDaid are fuelling the All-Ireland champions’ three in-a-row bid. Share8 Tweet Email Saturday 14 Sep 2019, 10:00 AM “A lot of the stuff, we would have implemented last year and there’d just be little things like that that you re-iterate and remind as the season goes on and the weather changes.“A lot it would be second nature to them and it’s just a case of putting up a few reminders here and there so everyone is very confident — especially looking to check in with the girls on a one-to-one basis just to make sure everyone is in a good space and they’re all happy with what they’ve been doing up to now.“It’s just about those reminders, and being very aware of who you’re dealing with. I am dealing with individuals who also have a million things on their plate. It’s like, ‘How can I get this message across in a manner that sits with them and they can act upon.’”All three appreciate the immense support provided by the Mater Private Hospital, who this year, agreed a partnership to provide medical and healthcare support to the Dublin ladies. Dublin’s Sinead Aherne, Tarah O’Sullivan, Niamh Collins, Deirdre Murphy and Noelle Healy celebrate last year’s win. Source: Tommy Dickson/INPHOScans are available quickly and easily if necessary for an injured player, as is access to the subsequent imagery and appointments if needed. As captain Sinéad Aherne noted earlier this week, when she started out 15 years ago there was no guarantee a physio would be present at a match and now, each player’s health insurance is being looked after.“It’s huge,” Dr Lydon agrees. “The girls spend so much of their own time, be that away from work — many of them can’t work full-time due to the commitments required by training — so it’s nice to know that they are protected in some way.“If they get injured they can rely on the fact that they are going to get some financial support. Absolutely, they have the medical backroom team that are going to look after them. “The Mater Private are pumping a lot of money into the Dublin ladies at the moment. This has huge repercussions because other sporting organisations are going to look at this and realise that in order to create world-class athletes, and in the context of Gaelic football, in order to propel the sport even further, these athletes should most definitely have a strong, medical backroom team to support them in their endeavours.”The medical progression has been massive through the years, as seen from that earlier example, but not just that, it’s little things. “Irrespective of whether it’s a female athlete or a male athlete, in general, I think people are tying the dots together a lot better,” McDaid nods. “Things like recognising that we need to manage load, that it’s not a case that we’re absolutely dogging players day in, day out and [thinking] that’s going to make them better.“Recognising that down time and team building is as important as the training in some ways, and I suppose giving people a more rounded picture… things like mindfulness and the psychology element is becoming more recognised and rightly so.“That obviously paired with the nutrition and being aware of the need for recovery sessions whether it’s going swimming in the sea or whatever it may be, that that’s being given to the athlete too. That’s the complete picture, it’s not just, ‘Okay, arrive to training and we’re just going to run the legs off you and alright, see ye now.’“Gradually, slowly but surely, people are starting to take that into account more. I think that’s happening, it’s definitely happening on the men’s side but also the female side which is great to see. Dublin Manger Mick Bohan with the injured Siobhan Killeen. Source: Bryan Keane/INPHO“We obviously still have a long way to go to really give every athlete the correct support.”But the Dublin ladies — and Dr Katie Lydon, Kate McDaid and Anita O’Brien — are definitely a shining example of leading the way at this present moment. And their ability to work together as a unit sure helps that.“It’s fantastic,” McDaid smiles. “It’s great to have a sounding board if there’s any apprehension or whatever; three minds working for the wellness of a player is always better than one. I think we compliment each other nicely.“It’s been an absolute pleasure having two such professional women involved and working alongside me. It’s invaluable for my own practice as much as anything else.”And O’Brien most definitely agrees.“It’s really good that we all work together and all have our input to try and get the player back as quickly as possible,” she concludes, with all eyes on tomorrow’s throw-in.“The buzz around the camp is unbelievable, it’s hard to describe. The feeling is unbelievable. Everyone is so focused on Sunday now and hopefully getting three in-a-row. But everyone will enjoy the season, whatever the outcome.”The42 is on Instagram! Tap the button below on your phone to follow us! Dublin ladies performance nutritionist Kate McDaid.“What I’ve noticed, and considering my research is in the area is menstrual cycle disorders, which obviously our male counterparts are fortunate not to discover,” she says, adding that her research is in how to manage pre-menstrual syndrome in elite athletes.“I can offer that little bit more to the women. I guess it’s a taboo subject and as a population, we generally don’t talk about it. I think that’s largely because in a lot of female sports, the coaching and management staff is largely male-orientated. In a lot of instances they’re not going to be able to offer little if any guidance on how to manage it.“We’ve current research that suggests that about 48% of the general population that are involved in physical activity suffer from PMS. That hampers their performance and ability to train, but you need to look outside that as well: the ability to concentrate, you get more emotional.“It’s very hard for an individual to say to a management team, ‘Listen, it’s my time of the month. I’m struggling at the moment,’ when there’s spots to be obtained on a team. And literally these girls put their heart, soul, guts into obtaining that spot.”That’s been highlighted, more and more recently, she adds, but says there needs to be a “greater understanding of the challenges women face, not only on the sports field, to get them to a stage which they can compete at a high level.”McDaid also touches on that, and the fact that the players are tracking their menstrual cycles to aid their performance and to reduce injury on the FitrWoman app.“That cycle’s going to have an impact on their training and how they’re feeling,” the Dublin native says. “That was something we definitely looked at a little bit more that season in particular.“There’s only so much that can change. We obviously can’t be doing different training sessions for different athletes the whole time or anything like that, but it makes us aware of who’s not feeling great.“Maybe someone needs to work a little bit more on their recovery because they’re at whatever stage of their cycle. It’s a really interesting eye-opener for myself, for the backroom team and also for the girls; it was a nice learning curve.She continues: “It’s probably still a little bit of an, ‘Ugh’ topic that some people don’t want to be talking about but it definitely does help. One of the positives from a social media perspective is that message is filtering through and through more and more. It makes it more normal. The Dublin set-up celebrate last year’s All-Ireland title win. Source: Tommy Dickson/INPHO“It shouldn’t be anything that we’re uncomfortable about or anything that we should feel some type of way about but I suppose it is a little bit uncomfortable for some people, so seeing the message a lot more, being a lot more prevalent, it helps people get over that little barrier.“We still have a long way to go from a research perspective, we are learning a lot but we’re all different as individuals and menstrual cycles are so different on a person-to-person basis so aside from that, there’s still a lot that we need to learn and figure out.“It’s definitely something that has an impact on performance anyway, it’s just about managing it and managing the girls as best as we can with that knowledge.”The same amount of training, time and effort is put in at a high level, O’Brien nods.“In terms of preparation, regardless of whether you’re male or female you’re going to have to cover your nutrition, your recovery strategies post-training, getting enough sleep and hydration and that’s the same across the board really.”As physio, she’d generally be at every training session — so gym once a week, and two to three pitch sessions, depending on the match schedule — observing, assessing injuries, doing rehab with injured players and managing their training load.That’s all part of the job spec of course, but it’s not just that. She’s a sounding board to the players, and not strictly a physio.“You do have to keep a professional boundary but you are with them so much,” she says. “You get to know them, particularly the girls who have been with the group for three seasons now and more, you get really close to them.“Particularly the girls that are injured, you tend to know them more. You do get close to them, you take an interest in their lives and what’s going on with them outside of football.”Anyone who’s been through a lengthy injury understands how mentally-tolling it can be, so having someone there to speak with and a solid support system in place is hugely important. A look at the Dublin squad ahead of their All-Ireland semi-final against Cork.And they have just that in the set-up, O’Brien assures: “It’s hard when players get injured but it is a contact sport, injuries will happen.“Generally, the girls on the pitch are assessed by myself. If needed then Katie, the team doctor, will get involved and they’ll go to NutriKate [McDaid] as well about their nutrition and their return to play.“As well as that, we’ll talk about injuries and the return to play with themselves and members of management. There’s a really good psychologist on the team, she’s a coach as well but she’s really, really good at talking to the girls and helping them through tough times too.”O’Brien and Dr Lydon work in tandem on the more medical side of things while the nutritional interaction comes from McDaid: food and supplements to aid recovery, how to manage Irritable Bowel Syndrome [IBS] and other common problems are all looked at.It’s all about instilling habits and preparation along the way, McDaid explains. “When it comes to the big occasions, things are just routine,” she continues, honing in on recovery and healthful habits like adequate sleep and eating plenty of fruit and veg, “everyone’s very comfortable and it’s almost like the nutrition element is very much second nature. https://the42.ie/4808742 AN EXAMPLE OF how far we’ve come to start off. When Dr Katie Lydon suffered a devastating career-ending injury 13 years ago, she had no choice but to step away from her blossoming athletics career. Anita O’Brien (team physiotherapist), Kate McDaid (team nutritionist), Dr. Katie Lydon (team doctor) and Dr. Caroline Whelan (Chief Operating Officer, Mater Private Hospital). Source: MAXWELLS.DUBLINNow the Dublin ladies doctor, Lydon detached her hamstring from her ischial tuberosity, or how many may recognise it: the same injury that Paul O’Connell had, where one basically rips the muscle off the bone.That, also, was a career-ending injury for Munster and Ireland legend O’Connell, but he was coming to the end of his playing days. In another rugby example, Cian Healy made it back from the horror setback.Likewise, Dublin ladies star Siobhán Killeen and Galway’s Dora Gorman suffered the same cruel fate earlier this year and have both undergone surgery and are on their respective roads to recovery.It shows just how far things have come on the medical side of sport.“When I did that, for instance, there was no surgical option,” Dr Lydon explains. “The only option for me was conservative management. Now, you’ve got a whole host of individuals who can operate, and that just wasn’t the case back when I was competing. “I did compete to an international level and was aspiring to further international glory, but it wasn’t to be purely because there was no one at the time willing to operate or assist.“It’s very unfortunate, but it propelled me and is my driving force into helping these individuals obtain their own sporting goals.”***The team behind the team is often forgotten about. Aside from the boss, the majority of those involved in management in an inter-county set-up fly under the radar. We see faces and hear names, but often don’t learn stories.The Dublin ladies backroom team is a massive operation. You’ll see it for yourself before the throw-in 4pm at Croke Park tomorrow, as Mick Bohan’s troops stand together, arms around one another, for the National Anthem ahead of their All-Ireland final showdown with Galway.Coaches, selectors, a psychologist, liason officer, kit man, physiotherapist, doctor, performance nutritionist; you name it. They’ll all be there. And have been through thick and thin for this team. The Dublin squad ahead of last September’s All-Ireland final.Their physio, Anita O’Brien, came on board ahead of the 2017 season. A Trinity College Dublin graduate and Masters recipient who opened her own practice this year, O’Brien was introduced to Bohan that January and hasn’t looked back since.That year, of course, the Sky Blues won their first All-Ireland since 2010. And they made it a double last September, capping performance nutritionist Kate McDaid’s first year involved on a high.From speaking to McDaid, O’Brien and Dr Lydon, enjoyment in their roles is the main thing that shines through. They each stress how engaging the players are and how brilliant they are to work with.“Oh my God, an absolute pleasure,” McDaid tells The42. “Having played competitive sport myself and just being in with players who are so driven, so hungry and really just lovely people too… they really are just wonderful to work with, so it makes my job even that bit more enjoyable to have the group I’m dealing with on a daily basis.”“Yes, the commitment is huge but they’re such a fantastic group to work with,” O’Brien echoes her words. “You have so much fun with them as well, it’s not just work for them. I get on really well with the management team and the girls. They’re a great bunch to work with.”Dr Lydon, who studied medicine between UCD and her native Galway because of that career-ending injury and then went down the sports medicine route, first got involved with the team this year following Professor John O’Byrne of Cappagh National Orthopaedic Hospital’s suggestion.She’s a musculoskeletal tutor there while completing her Masters and a thesis with the Irish Sport Institute, and was delighted to come into the fold.“This is the first time they have had a doctor on board,” she smiles. “We are the only county, as far as I’m aware, and from all our games so far, the first county to have a doctor involved with the team in a full-time capacity.”It’s the first female team she’s been fully engaged with too, but is well versed to compare and contrast with men’s set-ups after travelling with the Ireland hockey team to the World Cup in India last year.McDaid and O’Brien reckon that females are generally more open about life both on and off the pitch, and Dr Lydon agrees. But there’s one big difference. By Emma Duffy 11,682 Views Follow us: the42.ie Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article
10 Movies That Would Have Been Better Split in HalfAmazon Baits Prime Customers With Advanced ‘Aquaman’ Screening At last, a live-action Justice League film is here! As a huge DC fan, I should be celebrating, right? But although it could’ve been much worse, early reactions suggest Justice League the movie still leaves a lot to be desired. So as a huge DC fan, I should really be mad, right?The thing is, no matter how badly DC and WB treat these characters in the future, it’ll be tough for me to ever get truly upset because I’ve already seen the DC Universe represented perfectly in motion. No matter what happens in the movies, we’ll always have the beautiful, deep, fun, brilliant 2001 Justice League cartoon.The mythic grandeur of that opening, the epic DC aesthetic at its best, still gets me every time.Considering it was following up the masterful groundbreaking work of Batman: The Animated Series, the Justice League cartoon was already starting from a great place. Fans were even able to accept the more streamlined Bruce Timm art that came with the companion Superman cartoon. But that didn’t mean the show was a guaranteed home run.Previous DC cartoons had years to establish just two heroes, Batman and Superman, along with their supporting casts and occasional guest stars. Justice League, on the other hand, had to introduce five new main heroes and turn them into characters worth building stories around. First, the staff had to decide who those characters were even going to be. Wonder Woman and Flash were a given, but the rest of the picks reflected a desire to diversify the team, even if it meant leaving out heavy-hitters like Aquaman.Instead of Hal Jordan, we got militaristic but noble John Stewart, still the definitive Green Lantern for a generation of children Black or otherwise. Instead of Hawkman, we got an aggressive jaded Hawkgirl. And although he’s rarely referred to as the Martian Manhunter, the empathetic alien J’onn J’onzz was one of the coolest, most intriguing characters in kids cartoons.All of these characters were brought to life through a stellar voice cast. Anchored by Kevin Conroy’s legendary take on Batman, newcomers George Newbern, Phil LaMarr, Michael Rosenbaum, Maria Canals, and Susan Eisenberg made the league feel like a mature family of different but complementary superheroic people.Characters aren’t much without great stories to support them, though. And another one of Justice League’s clever decisions was making almost every episode a two-parter. It was essentially an hour-long drama show smuggled into a half-hour kids show format. The adventures on Justice League took great advantage of this increased scope. They dove deep into DC history (Metamorpho!) and concepts (the Speed Force!) or added extra fascinating depths to characters who may not have gotten it otherwise like Green Lantern, Hawkgirl, and the slow-burning romance between the two of them.Where to even begin with favorite episodes? “Only A Dream” is a legitimately terrifying nightmare caper that explores the fears of these “unrelatable” DC heroes, and it also has Batman ordering coffee.“Hereafter” and “A Better World” are better Death of Superman and Fascist Justice League stories than Batman v Superman and Injustice, respectively.“Twilight” solidified Michael Ironside’s Darkseid as my favorite comic book villain of all time, followed closely by Clancy Brown’s Telly Savalas’s Lex Luthor in episodes like “Injustice for All.”“Legends” celebrated the Golden Age of comics while also warning about the dangers of being too nostalgic for the past. Among the writing staff was the late, great Dwayne McDuffie, which also maybe explains why this episode wasn’t afraid to slyly touch on the racism of the time period Golden Age Comics spring from.This “mini-movie” format worked beautifully for Justice League’s first two seasons. But when the show was renewed, it shifted gears. With its independent episodes and massively expanded cast of DC heroes, Justice League Unlimited was another huge risk. But its overall quality says in retrospect we never should’ve doubted the DC Animated Universe.Even though episodes typically weren’t two-parters, overall the JLU story was bigger thanks to a focus on comic book-style continuous story arcs. Occasionally we’d get an incredible one-off like jazz-singing Batman rescuing Wonder Woman (who had turned into a pig) and winking at that great romantic pairing. But overall JLU told a thought-provoking conspiracy story about the government’s relationship to a legion of all-powerful secular gods that, once again, puts Batman v Superman to shame. It even had time to tell a Suicide Squad story better than Suicide Squad with a fraction of the length. Viola Davis is one of our greatest living actresses, but C.C.H. Pounder’s performance is what made me first adore Amanda Waller.But beyond the plot, I also appreciate how JLU got me to fall in love with so many varied DC characters and their relationships in a relatively short amount of time. The show really understood the hearts and souls of characters like The Question, Captain Atom, Wildcat, Huntress, Black Canary, Doctor Fate, the one true Captain Marvel Billy Batson, and countless more. I knew that Green Arrow is about three things: being green, shooting arrows, and being a big fat socialist.The same applies to the villains, too. The final season (after a Batman Beyond epilogue) revolves around what might as well be the Legion of Doom. They, unfortunately, couldn’t use Black Manta’s name, but his excellent presence is still felt in “Devil Ray.” I never thought sorceress Tala would be so entertaining as a gold-digging supervillain groupie. And of course, we can never forget the late Powers Boothe’s incredible turn as freakin’ Gorilla Grodd.Watching Justice League and Justice League Unlimited as a kid, the show’s quality seemed almost effortless, like Superman lifting a building without breaking a sweat. But analyzing it as an adult, the show’s success is the result of several factors that were undoubtedly very difficult to pull off.It had an iconic, stylish art style with well-choreographed and well-animated fight scenes. It had a supremely talented cast working with ingenious writing that was both bold and subtle while never talking down to the younger audience even when being funny. And it had a real love and understanding of DC characters while not being afraid to add its own new ideas to the mythology, like any respectable comic writer.Just watch this scene where Superman expresses his frustration with his necessary, self-imposed restraints before punching Brainiac-powered Darkseid. Everything that makes Justice League so fantastic is right here.There have been good, even great, DC cartoons since Justice League ended for real in 2006. Teen Titans (where Cyborg belongs, not in the Justice League), Young Justice, Batman: The Brave and the Bold, and some of the DC Original Movies stand out. But in my opinion, none have struck JL’s exact balance quite as well. They’re either too childish, too visually bland, or too stupidly “dark.” Justice League was the best of all multiverses.I love a lot of superhero things. I love The Dark Knight and Spider-Man 2 movies, the Watchmen and Black Panther graphic novels, the Marvel Ultimate Alliance video game and the Hulk hand toys. But my favorite superhero thing, as a whole, is the expansive, outstanding DC Animated Universe. And the Justice League cartoon is where the DCAU reached its fantastic final form. No bad Justice League movies can take that away, and hopefully one day the films can reach those heights.Buy Justice League: The Complete SeriesLet us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on target
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On February 24th, the House Transportation & Infrastructure Subcommittee on Water Resources held a hearing to review the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) efforts on water resources development projects and the reports that go with them. The USACE is criticized for lengthy processes and projects, including taking decades to complete preliminary feasibility studies. The USACE defended its record, citing successful projects following Hurricane Katrina and arguing that there are conditions and requirements involved in USACE projects that do not exist for other agencies or businesses.The USACE was question about its Fiscal Year 2017 budget request, which did not include funding for several projects that are already underway. The USACE indicated that activity would not halt completely on the projects, but they would see minimal work. The USACE indicated that the projects do not meet the minimum benefit-to-cost ratio that allows construction to continue. For every dollar spent, the project must generate $2.50.The ASA continues to support and advocate for increased funding for the USACE for construction and operations & maintenance activities to improve performance and efficiency of the locks and dams on the inland waterways system and progress toward major renovation or the construction of new locks and dams on the Upper Mississippi River System. Record increases in appropriations have been achieved in the past two years, following the successful enactment of the Water Resources Reform & Development Act of 2014 and an increase in the barge fuel fee that funds the Inland Waterways Trust Fund.
Governor Bill Walker is seeking to streamline state agencies responsible for financing economic development, housing, and renewable energy.He signed an administrative order Thursday requiring the Alaska Housing Finance Corporation, Alaska Energy Authority, and Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority to find opportunities to become more efficient or consolidate.Download AudioThe agencies have more than $3 billion in assets and employ 440 people.Walker says the state hasn’t pre-determined what the outcome will be.“This is a process that will be inclusive, not exclusive,” said Walker. “It’s not going to be a process where we come up with an edict on the third floor and say, ‘This is the way it’s going to be.’ We invite them – no one knows their agencies better than them. So they have been doing this a bit internally themselves. So we just have expanded that a bit.”The housing finance corporation finances low-cost mortgages and provides public and special needs housing. The energy authority administers the Renewable Energy Grant Fund and provides assistance to rural communities. The development and export authority finances business development.Commissioner of Administration Sheldon Fisher will lead the effort. Walker says he expects the recommendations will require new state laws next legislative session.
Rick Thoman is climate science and services manager at the National Weather Service’s Fairbanks office. (Photo courtesy of ACCAPAlaskans aren’t too surprised when the weather is cold…in January….but National Weather Service Climate Science manager for Alaska, Rick Thoman says we’re going to see some extreme cold move in over much of Alaska. Potentially 60 below over the western half of the state, but how far will temps drop? Thoman says…it’s complicated.Listen nowRick Thoman is the Alaska Climate Science Manager for National Weather Service. He says it’s difficult to predict how long the frigid temps will last but five to seven days are likely. He added the Southeast panhandle will probably escape the extreme cold but could see snow, down to sea level.