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Fat tsunami: Urban India gets richer but faces obesity crisis

first_imgPounds And PerilsClick here to EnlargeDo you have a problem bending over to slip on your shoes? Do you need a larger waist size when shopping for trousers or jeans? Does that belt you bought last year no longer fit? If the answer to any of these is yes, you,Pounds And PerilsClick here to EnlargeDo you have a problem bending over to slip on your shoes? Do you need a larger waist size when shopping for trousers or jeans? Does that belt you bought last year no longer fit? If the answer to any of these is yes, you have a serious problem, along with millions of urban Indians.Call it the girth of a nation, but India’s collective waistline is expanding-a lot-and that is not a healthy sign. Medical researchers are acknowledging the complex physiology behind a simple truth women have held for centuries: the smaller the waist, the better (and healthier) the life.Over the last decade, a raft of new studies have shown that predicting a person’s long-term health may be as simple as taking a waist measurement. By that measurement, India’s obesity problem is fast turning into a health crisis.”If we are not careful, we will soon face a fat tsunami,” warns Dr Pradeep Chowbey, head of the Department of Minimal Access Surgery, Ganga Ram Hospital, Delhi. “Till now, it was a problem of plenty for the rich nations of the world,” he points out. “Not anymore. Countries formerly focused on malnutrition are now concerned with overnutrition, including India and China.”Although obesity in the West is associated with poverty, in the developing world it is a problem for the new rich. “Fat around the waist has been linked to a greater risk of heart disease, diabetes, stroke, hypertension, breathing problems, disability, some cancers, and higher mortality rates,” asserts Dr K.S. Reddy, head of the Department of Cardiology, All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), Delhi.advertisementFIGHTING FAT Ashok AnandAshok Anand, 54, Weight: was 110 Kg Retired resident of Gurgaon I loved food and ate through the day. Meals, umpteen cups of tea, namkeen, sweets, alone or with guests. My wife and children used to beg me to stop eating. Finally, I had to go for bariatric surgery. I’ve given up everything today, even pan masalas and cigarettes. “Before dinner, I would stuff myself with kebabs and tikkas to complement my peg of whisky. No longer.”Not surprisingly, a slew of activist-physicians are engaged in a battle to beat the bulge. They organise surveys, engage in awareness drives with NGOs and in schools, walk the corridors of power to sensitise the nation’s high and mighty, and alert international health bodies.”There are clear and hard facts in urban areas that things are as bad as they could be,” says Dr Anoop Misra, an obesity expert involved with antiobesity drives initiated by AIIMS. The first Asia Pacific Obesity Conclave took place in Delhi in March. Chowbey, the driving force behind the conclave, is also laparoscopic surgeon to the President of India.”I made a presentation to President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam in January,” says Chowbey. What better way to start a campaign? “I’ve never seen a President with such ideal weight,” he laughs. “Dr Kalam has promised to help us out with the anti-obesity awareness drive.”The ones who really need help are finding out just what a weighty problem it is. “I’ve always loved food. Lots of food, no exercise and slowly I bloated up over time, till one day I realised I was 100 kg! Diabetes and high blood pressure came hand in hand with it. Finally, I went in for bariatric (weight reducing) surgery,” says Ashok Kumar Anand, 54, a resident of Gurgaon.More traumatic was the case with Mrs Ghose of Kolkata. She ballooned to a point that her 10-year-old son begged her not to come to his school for PTA meetings. “You can’t imagine how bitterly she cried,” says Dr Veena Aggarwal, head of R&D at VLCC Healthcare Ltd, Delhi, who treated her. “Can you imagine how it hurts to be an object of shame for your child?”35 million diabetics in India. Obesity is a major cause of diabetes. 33 per cent rise in heart disease, mostly because of obesity. 40 per cent growth recorded by the Indian fast food industry. 17 per cent of all school children in Delhi suffer from obesity. These are just two among millions of Indians who are discovering that fat is not just ugly, it is dangerous as well. The major victims of obesity are among the 300 millionstrong Indian middle class, with around 35 per cent-or 120 million-reaching dangerous levels of obesity.Last year, an AIIMS survey conducted on 35,000 people in 10 industrial cities revealed that waistlines had grown rotund by more than 30 per cent. In Delhi, 17 per cent of all schoolchildren were found to be overweight. Changes in lifestyle and affluence has led to a richer and unhealthy diet.advertisementAccording to the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization, meat consumption has more than doubled in India since the 1970s, so has the intake of fat and sugar since the 80s. Gandhian frugality is, obviously, passe. Contemporary changes in work, lifestyle and urban society have together adversely affected what dieticians call Body Mass Index.FUTURE FAT: A generation of latchkey kids spend their time in front of the telly, while their metabolic rates go for a tossThe obvious, almost frivolous, reason behind the emerging obesity crisis is that we are eating too much high-calorie food and not burning it off with adequate exercise. Food and the culture of eating sumptuously have always been an integral part of the Indian society, but until recently, most ate home-cooked food.Then came the Dominos, Pizza Huts and McDonald’s and a veritable race to pamper the tastebuds ensued. Fast food restaurants witnessed a dramatic growth-both in the number of outlets and customers served. Intense competition for market share led to increased portion sizes-for instance, the calorie count for French fries served by McDonald’s has jumped from 200 to over 600. In addition, the average meal comes with free add-ons like soft drinks, adding to calorie intake.What is cause for more concern among medics is that most Indians consider obesity a cosmetic problem, not a disease. The truth is, obesity is a chronic disease-of excessive fat deposition in the body. Being overweight is not a disease, but obesity is. And the line differentiating the two is quite thin. “Obesity is simply bad news-for both body and mind,” says Dr Rama Vaidya, president, All India Association for Advancing Research in Obesity, Mumbai. When a person is carrying extra weight, it’s harder to keep up with friends, take part in sports, or just walk any distance. It is also associated with breathing problems-asthma and sleep apnoea.”There can be more serious consequences as well,” points out Vaidya. Obesity can lead to high blood pressure, high cholesterol levels, high blood sugar levels, liver disease, type 2 diabetes, heart diseases, stroke, problems with the bladder, the reproductive system and a greater risk for certain cancers.Is Weight Lying Heavy On Your Mind?Click here to EnlargeApproximately 85 per cent people globally contract the type 2 diabetes, and of these, 90 per cent are obese or overweight. India has the world’s largest population of diabetic and heart patients. Alarmingly, adolescent and childhood obesity is shooting up. “Junk food, physical inactivity, little outdoor activity and excess time spent in front of the television have led to this,” says Vaidya. Childhood fat is not only carried over into adulthood but also gives rise to severe forms of obesity. Unfortunately, most of us confuse obesity in children as ‘puppy fat’.Yet, most Indians seem ignorant of the dangers of obesity. Consider Mumbai. The snacking capital of India is famous for an array of eateries and snack bars that cater to all types of pockets and tastebuds. And a sneak peek into family food-logs reveals the reality behind the scenes. “Eating out has gone up for us over the last five years,” says Sanjay Patel, owner of Shringar Jewellers in Matunga. He doesn’t mind shelling out Rs 6,000 every month on this.Similarly, Kishore Jadhav of Aashray Developers, can’t resist those yummy snacks, and spends around Rs 100 every day while at work. “We eat a lot more junk food than we used to. The easiest thing to do is to order a pizza home,” he says.advertisementFor Lalit Jain, who owns the Real Choice gift shop in Bandra, storing up a lot of junk food at home has become the norm (“My children almost live on those”). He adds, “Eight years ago, when there were fewer places to eat out, we spent half of what we do today.”India ranks among top 10 obese nations of the world120 million urban Indians are seriously obese 50% urban women above 35 have unhealthy body shapes One out of every 10 urban Indian children is overweight 45% of males and 55% of females in Delhi are obese Other factors have contributed to the expanding middleclass waistline. Changing workforce, for one. Each year, a greater percentage of the population spends its entire workday behind a desk or computer, getting virtually no exercise. The dramatic rise in cars and two-wheelers on the roads renders it unnecessary to walk to get somewhere. Add to it the urban sprawl: obesity rates go up as the urban sprawl spreads, possibly due to reduced physical activity.In the kitchen, the microwave oven has seen sales of unhealthy frozen convenience foods skyrocket and encouraged elaborate snacking. An emerging trend, which many believe has encouraged people to step out for their main meals, is the increasing number of two-income households, where one parent no longer remains home to look after the house. This, in turn, has hiked the number of restaurants and take-away joints.Store shelves are piled high with mass-produced food items that come packed with calories. Increasing affluence itself may be a cause-even the root cause from wherein stem the above mentioned factors-since obesity tends to flourish as a disease of the moneyed class in countries that are developing and becoming westernised.Indian men appear to be especially prone to a pot belly- also called apple-shaped obesity. Blame it largely on unhealthy diets-rich in starchy foods and low in fruits and vegetables-and lack of physical activity. For women, the news is equally bad. More women, especially those over 35, are overweight than men in India. According to a study by AIIMS last year, about 55 per cent women in Delhi are overweight or obese.After the 40s, female hormones start withdrawing and the body tends to put on weight. Indian dresses hide the layers of fat so well and for so long that women don’t realise the enormity of the problem till it’s too late. Women also go through three physiological transitions- menarche (the first menstrual period), pregnancy-lactation and menopause-and, at each of these thresholds, they tend to put on weight.”Asians have more body fat. It’s not that we eat more, but we move less.” Dr K.S. Reddy, Cardiologist, AIIMS”Just consider the scenario,” says Dr Aggarwal of VLCC, “more women are stepping out into the public sphere and they do not wish to get married early. And it’s pretty common these days to come across women entering their first pregnancy when they are 30-plus.” Contraceptive pills, full of steroids and water-retentive hormones, she believes, also tend to make women fat. At the same time, there’s the additional strain of balancing work and home, with traditional support systems falling apart. “With so many pulls and pressures on them, I am not surprised that the 35-plus brigade is becoming easy victims,” she adds.”Today, it’s unfashionable to show tubby adults and chubby children in ads.” Prahlad Kakkar, Ad FilmmakerA-Z Guide For Right Fat For The BodyClick here to EnlargeEmotions can fuel obesity as well. People tend to eat more when they are upset, anxious, sad, stressed out, or even bored. Then, after they have eaten too much, they may feel bad about it and stuff themselves some more to quell those bad feelings-creating a vicious cycle. Take the case of Akila Iyer of Anna Nagar, Chennai. Slim, pretty and sporty, she had moved to Chennai from small town Kumbakonam post marriage. “My problem started during my first pregnancy,” she says, “and I became huge during the second.”Something else was happening to her, too. She was becoming home-bound and bored. “I started losing interest in myself,” Iyer muses. Food made her happy and she started binging. That created a vicious cycle of guilt. The more spicy and fried food she consumed, the more guilty she felt, and to perk herself up she would eat more. Then she crossed 90 kg and developed sugar. “My husband and my father were terribly concerned. But some people used to poke fun at me. They would not lose one opportunity to call me a tub of lard,” she adds. Finally, last November Iyer went in for a bariatric operation.”Gaining weight is like taking a loan and not being able to pay the EMI.” Dr P.K. Chowbey, Bariatric SurgeonGORGING ON THE GOOD LIFE: Eating out and eating erratic may actually lead to obesityHardly surprising then that obesity should spawn a rapidly mushrooming diet and slimming industry. VLCC, for instance, has over 100 centres across 46 cities nationwide. In the last five years, the company recorded a compounded average annual growth of 30 to 40 per cent. Not to be left behind, food and drug companies are meanwhile selling magic potions to melt away those pounds. Weight loss medicines, like Sibutrex, are very popular. Gastric bypass surgery (bariatric surgery) on patients suffering from extreme obesity has also caught on. (Ganga Ram Hospital has done 65 such operations-the highest in the country.)Obesity can run in families, but just how much is due to genes is hard to determine. Small parts of the DNA that people inherit from their parents, and that determine traits like hair or eye colour, can play a vital role in weight gain. Some genes tell our body how to metabolise food and how to use extra calories or stored fat. Then again, some people burn calories faster or slower than others because of their genes. But genes alone cannot be held responsible for an individual’s body fat as is evident in families whose members have vastly different physique. This, despite all of them eating the same food, indulging in the same habits (like snacking in front of the TV), and thinking alike when it comes to weight issues (like urging children to have a hearty dinner in order to grow “big and strong”).FIGHTING FAT Nila BagchiNila Bagchi, 51, Weight: 105 Kg Sari boutique owner, Kolkata and Santiniketan So many things are forbidden to me! But I follow health instructions to the T and there’s nothing really that I can’t do. I run my shops, look after my home, take the train to Santiniketan every week. And I can sit crosslegged on the floor for my daily puja. “It’s not easy to lead a life of constant discipline, but I just made up my mind to stay upbeat and active.”A World Health Organization (WHO) study suggests that Asians show a marked vulnerability to the effects of gaining weight. Some scientists theorise that children who are undernourished in the womb (not uncommon in much of Asia until recently) develop unusually high levels of abdominal fat as adults if they’re exposed to above-normal calorie levels. This puts them at greater risk for obesity-related illnesses.Others believe, Asians evolved a so-called ‘thrifty gene’ after living for thousands of years under near-famine conditions. That may have left them with bodies that are, paradoxically, too metabolically efficient to deal with the relative abundance of modern life. It’s a genetic trait-a survival instinct-that benefited them in the past when food was often scarce, but when food is plentiful it becomes detrimental.Simply put, the once familiar image of India as a land of poverty, hunger, malnutrition, scarcity and famine has been turned on its head. While it may have once made fat respectable, the new-liberated economic growth has clearly left more food on India’s plate than it can healthily handle.- with Aditi Pai in Mumbailast_img read more

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Short-handed Pistons shut down Spurs

first_imgHotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Van Gundy could hardly have imagined that a few hours later, he would be marveling at his team’s defensive performance after the Pistons held the Spurs to their lowest point total of the season in a 93-79 victory on Saturday night.“It was really a team effort tonight,” Van Gundy said. “Everybody we put in made a contribution.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingPlaying without starting guards Reggie Jackson (right ankle sprain) and Avery Bradley (sore right groin), the Pistons never trailed. Reggie Bullock scored 22 points for Detroit and rookie Luke Kennard added 20 — both were career highs.Andre Drummond had 14 points and 21 rebounds for the Pistons. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Spurs: San Antonio was missing F Rudy Gay (right heel bursitis). … The Spurs’ lowest-scoring game previously was when they scored 86 points at Minnesota on Nov. 15.Pistons: In addition to Jackson and Bradley, Detroit was also without F Stanley Johnson (strained right hip flexor). … Kennard’s previous high was 14 points and Bullock’s was 20.UP NEXTSpurs: Visit the New York Knicks on Tuesday night.Pistons: Visit the Miami Heat on Wednesday night.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next BeautyMNL open its first mall pop-up packed with freebies, discounts, and other exclusives Kawhi Leonard scored 18 points for San Antonio, which shot 37 percent from the field and 5 of 26 from 3-point range.“Stan had them prepared mentally,” Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said. “We tried to battle back, got back in it here and there, but kept making the same mistakes. So, the Pistons got a good victory. They deserved it.”Detroit led 24-13 after the first, which equaled San Antonio’s lowest-scoring quarter of the season. It was 35-20 before the Pistons hit a dry spell of their own toward the end of the half. A 16-4 run by the Spurs left Detroit with only a three-point lead at halftime.The Pistons managed to maintain their advantage, though. Kennard’s outside shooting gave Detroit a lift on a night when neither team was impressive offensively, and Bullock was sharp throughout in just his 12th start of the season.“No matter who goes down, we’ve got other players that’s able to step up,” Bullock said. “We’re just doing it together as a team.”ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games: PH still winless in netball after loss to Thais PH military to look into China’s possible security threat to power grid Detroit led 63-57 after three quarters, and it looked like it would be a tense game down the stretch, but the Pistons broke it open early in the fourth. A layup by Bullock after a San Antonio turnover made it 78-63.ON THE BOARDSAll those missed shots by San Antonio left Drummond with plenty of rebounds — 17 of his 21 were at the defensive end. Drummond had 10 rebounds in the first quarter and finished with at least 20 for the 39th time in his career.He also had six assists.“It’s commonplace with him to have a lot of rebounds, and so a lot of times, you don’t give him enough credit,” Van Gundy said. “I thought that he was another guy, though, that his defensive disposition early in the game was the best it’s been all year.”HIGHLIGHTDetroit’s Ish Smith made a nifty play in the first half when he flipped the ball to himself, caught it while sailing through the air, and tossed an alley-oop to Drummond.QUIET NIGHTLaMarcus Aldridge scored only 15 points for the Spurs. It was just the eighth time this season he did not lead his team in scoring.TIP-INS ‘Cyborg’ Justino defends belt by decision vs Holm at UFC 219 Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims MOST READ ‘We cannot afford to fail’ as SEA Games host – Duterte San Antonio Spurs forward LaMarcus Aldridge (12) pulls down a rebound between Detroit Pistons forward Tobias Harris, left, and guard Langston Galloway (9) during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Saturday, Dec. 30, 2017, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)DETROIT — Before the game, Stan Van Gundy sounded like a coach with limited options as his undermanned Detroit Pistons prepared to face San Antonio.“Some guys who haven’t had to play primary scorers are going to have to step up tonight and guard better people,” Van Gundy said. “There’s just no way around it. Guys are going to have to step up and take more defensive responsibility.”ADVERTISEMENT View comments Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

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Pro-jallikattu protestors picket Madurai Collectorate

first_imgMadurai, Jan 18 (PTI) Continuing their protest over the ban on bull-taming sport jallikattu for the second day, around 2,000 people from Alanganallur, a popular venue for the event, today picketed the District Collectorate here.They also tried to surrender their voter identification cards, police said.The irate villagers, including women, gathered at the sprawling Thamukkam grounds here and marched to the Collectorate, where they shouted slogans demanding steps for conduct of the traditional sport and condemning animal rights group PETA, which has been opposing it.When they sought to surrender their voter ID cards, District Collector L Subramanian, who addressed them, pacified them and said efforts were on to remove the legal hurdles in the way of conducting jallikattu.The protesters dispersed after the Collectors intervention.Todays protest was held as part of agitations announced by the villagers, bull owners and tamers after the Supreme Court, hearing petitions by PETA and others, last week stayed a recent central government notification allowing conduct of jallikattu.Disappointed at not being able to hold the event during the Pongal festivities between January 14-17, the villagers had yesterday staged a demonstration in Alanganallur, where jallikattu used attract large number of spectators, including foreign tourists.Similar agitations were held in several other villages in the district and elsewhere in the region in the past few days. PTI CORR VS PVIlast_img read more

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India played exceptionally well under pressure: Sourav Ganguly to India Today

first_imgIndia won the second Twenty20 international by five runs to stay alive in the three-match series after choking England’s chase on Sunday and restricting the visitors to 139/6.Chasing 145 to take an unassailable 2-0 lead in the series, England needed eight runs from the last over but the 23-year-old Jasprit Bumrah bowled with ice in his veins, conceding only two runs while claiming two wickets, to deny a victory. (Also read: 2nd T20I: Ashish Nehra, Jasprit Bumrah bowl India to thrilling win over England, set up series-decider in Bangalore)While Bumrah finished the match with figures of 20/2 in his four overs, veteran pacer Ashish Nehra (3/28) also contributed to India’s win with three wickets for 28 runs.CLICK HERE TO WATCH FULL VIDEO Former India captain Sourav Ganguly hailed both Bumrah and Nehra for keeping their calm under pressure and delivering the goods when needed.Ganguly also said the 37-year-old Nehra once again proved that he was as best as anybody else with the ball. (Also read: Important to have belief, says Virat Kohli after thrilling win)”Ashish Nehra is a terrific bowler. His fielding has gone down a bit but I think with the ball, he has done superbly. There were questions raised after the last game in Kanpur whether he should be playing T20 cricket. Today with the ball he once again proved that with the ball he’s probably as good as anyone in the side,” Ganguly told India Today’CREDIT TO BUMRAH'”You have to give credit to Jasprit Bumbrah…eight runs in the last over, six deliveries and only England had to lose the game and that’s exactly what they did. He bowled superbly, his slower balls gripped on the surface and made life difficult but more than Nehra who I thought had an exceptional first spell, the last two overs of Bumrah which is the 18th and the 20th won the game for India.”advertisement”I think it’s got to be Jasprit Bumrah because he has won the game for India. In his third last over he pushed up the run-rate to 12 runs in an over and Ashish gave 16 and it was eight runs in the last over and he again pulled it back for India. So for me it is Bumrah who is the man-of-the match and I thought he bowled exceptionally well under pressure.”last_img read more

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Celtic vs PSG: Team news & TV

first_imgUEFA Champions League Celtic vs PSG: TV channel, stream, kick-off time, odds & Champions League play-off preview Robin Bairner Last updated 2 years ago 21:00 12/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Neymar PSG Paris Saint-Germain Getty Images UEFA Champions League Celtic v PSG PSG Celtic The home side will aim to put the brakes on a visiting side that have been rampant in the early weeks of the season The Champions League returns to Parkhead on Tuesday, with Celtic aiming to cause a massive upset when they tackle big-spending Paris Saint-Germain.Brendan Rodgers’ side have a reputation of being a tough nut to crack at home, and while they failed to record a win in last season’s competition they did hold Manchester City to a thrilling 3-3 draw.For the part of the French side, though, they will expect to start the tournament with a win in order to send a message around Europe that they are serious about winning the trophy. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Game Celtic vs PSG Date Tuesday, September 12 Time 19:45 BST TV CHANNEL & LIVE STREAM Leigh Griffiths CelticIn the UK, the match will be available to watch live on television on BT Sport 3 and by via online stream using the BT Sport app. UK TV channel Online stream BT Sport 3 BT Sport App In the US, the match will be available to watch live on television on Fox Sports 2, as well as being available to stream online using Fox Sports GO. US TV channel Online stream Fox Sports 2 Fox Sports GO SQUAD & TEAM NEWS Position Celtic squad Goalkeepers Gordon, De Vries, Hazard Defenders Simunovic, Tierney, Lustig, Ajer, Ralston, Gamboa, Duffy, McCart, McInroy, Welsh, Bell Midfielders Brown, Sinclair, Armstrong, Hayes, Ntcham, Benyu, McGregor, Forrest, Henderson, Kouassi, Rogic, Bitton, McLaughlin, Hill, Hendry Forwards Griffiths, Miller, Aitchison, Dembele, Edouard, Roberts, Watson, Johnston Celtic will hope to welcome back striker Moussa Dembele after hamstring trouble, though there is no prospect of him starting against his former club given the form of Leigh Griffiths, who is expected to shake off a knock to replace Odsonne Edouard, on loan from PSG, at the forefront of the attack.Rodgers’ has ongoing problems in the heart of the defence, with Erik Sviatchenko and Dedryck Boyata both absent again. He opted for a 3-4-3 formation in the victory over Hamilton at the weekend but may revert to a 4-2-3-1 in order to combat PSG’s attacking threat, with Nir Bitton liable to play as centre-back.Tom Rogic is expected to start in the No.10 role, replacing Stuart Armstrong, while Patrick Roberts is liable to be prefered to James Forrest.Potential starting XI: Gordon; Lustig, Simunovic, Bitton, Tierney; Brown, Ntcham; Roberts, Rogic, Sinclair; Griffiths Position PSG players Goalkeepers Trapp, Areola Defenders Thiago Silva, Kimpembe, Marquinhos, Meunier, Berchiche, Kurzawa, Dani Alves Midfielders Verratti, Lucas, Thiago Motta, Lo Celso, Draxler, Nkunku, Rabiot, Pastore Forwards Cavani, Neymar, Mbappe PSG will welcome back Marco Verratti after the Italy international missed out of the 4-1 win over Metz at the weekend because of a three-match domestic ban, of which he has served two.Angel Di Maria will be absent for Unai Emery’s side, while Javier Pastore may be able to return.The Frenchmen have typically played in a 4-3-3 system this season but adopted a 4-2-3-1 at the weekend in order to include Julian Draxler as well as Neymar, Kylian Mbappe and Edinson Cavani.Dani Alves, Thiago Silva and Layvin Kurzawa should all return after being rested at the weekend. Potential starting XI: Areola; Dani Alves, Thiago Silva, Marquinhos, Kurzawa; Rabiot, Thiago Motta, Verratti; Mbappe, Cavani, NeymarBETTING & MATCH ODDS Edinson Cavani Neymar PSGPSG are 2/9 favourites to win this match, according to dabblebet, with odds of 10/1 attached to a Celtic victory. A draw at Celtic Park is considered a 5/1 bet.Leigh Griffiths and Moussa Dembele are both priced at 8/1 to open the scoring in this game, with Edinson Cavani favourite at 15/8. Neymar is priced at 13/5 and Kylian Mbappe at 16/5. GAME PREVIEW Brendan Rodgers CelticParis Saint-Germain might have started Ligue 1 with five wins from five, but they have not spent the best part of €300 million on Neymar and Kylian Mbappe to secure domestic dominance. It is the Champions League the Parc des Princes side are after, and following such investment, there is a very real feeling that they are better placed than ever to claim it.Certainly, they have been much too powerful for their domestic rivals in the opening month of the season, scoring an incredible 19 goals. Five of these came in victory over Metz on Friday, though the majority arrived late after their opponents were controversially reduced to 10 men midway through the second half.Their two star summer arrivals have needed no bedding in period, with Neymar having found the net four times already and Mbappe grabbing a debut goal.Celtic, another team familiar with total domestic dominance, stand against them on Tuesday. Rodgers’ side may have lesser ambitions than PSG, but they will also use the Champions League as their yardstick of progress given that they did not suffer a single defeat to a Scottish side last season in any of the three competitions.They start this match as incredible underdogs, yet Celtic Park is a venue that few teams relish visiting given the fervent atmosphere, with Manchester City held to a 3-3 draw at the venue around this time last year after winning their first 10 matches of the season.PSG can’t say they haven’t been warned.last_img read more

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Former Mexico U-17 star Lara back in USMNT youth setup

first_imgEdwin Lara might have felt a little unease heading into his first camp with the U.S. Under-20 national team, but the feeling was quickly replaced by relief.The former Mexican Under-17 World Cup defender reached out to Tab Ramos last fall and let him know that he wanted play for the United States. While the California native fell short of making the U.S. Under-20 team that eventually won the Concacaf Championship over Mexico last November, Lara remained on Ramos’ radar, and he earned a call for the recently-concluded January camp for the U-20s. It marked Lara’s first time in a U.S. camp since he was a highly-regarded defender on the same USMNT U-15 team that includes the likes of Christian Pulisic and Tyler Adams, and his first time with the U.S. since making the decision to play for Mexico.If Lara had any concerns about how he would be received in U.S. camp, they didn’t last long. He was welcomed with open arms, by a coach who didn’t hold his past allegiance to Mexico against him, and a new set of teammates who didn’t care that he once wore the green jersey of the U.S. team’s biggest rival. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? “I felt like it was something I wanted to do,” Lara told Goal about his return to the U.S. youth setup. “I didn’t really appreciate what (U.S. Soccer) did for me when I was younger because I was just a kid then. When I was looking back I thought about it and they invested so much into me, the process, they really cared about me and all that stuff and I just turned my back on them. That was kind of a shady part for me, that was kind of shady. At that moment I thought I want to give it a try and be there.”The decision to bring Lara back into the U.S. setup was an easy one for Ramos, who wasn’t about to hold Lara’s previous decision to play for Mexico against him.Tab Ramos Edwin Lara PS Image 01162019“He’s a good player, and someone we always wanted to have the door open to,” Ramos told Goal. “I think he realized he can have some good opportunities here, but he still has a long way to go. He still has to prove himself, and he has to get adjusted to being back with us.”Lara made the switch from the United States to Mexico before the 2015 Under-17 World Cup. He made the Mexican squad, though he would have been a good bet to start for the U.S. team if he had stayed with the United States. That Under-17 World Cup saw the Americans crash out of group play without a win despite featuring Pulisic. Mexico enjoyed a much better Under-17 World Cup that year, making a run to the semifinals. Lara played in just one of Mexico’s matches, starting in El Tri’s 4-2 semifinal loss to eventual champion Nigeria.Though Lara still counts the Under-17 World Cup experience as a special one in his development as a player, he admits now that the decision to play for Mexico wasn’t one he was fully on board with.”Back then my parents were still making decisions for me. I was still young, I didn’t know what was going on and how the world works,” Lara said. “I was playing in Mexico so they thought why not play for Mexico and stay in Mexico so I don’t have to be moving from place to play. Now I can make decisions for myself and honestly I always liked the U.S. They always treated me well.”Lara’s very public switch to Mexico, and his Under-17 World Cup appearance, helped generate buzz about him being a potential future star, with the Guardian putting him on a list of 60 best young talents in world football, a list that included the likes of Gianlugi Donnarumma, Reiss Nelson and Matthijs de Ligt.Lara’s career never quite took off after that promising start, and it stalled at Pachuca, where he failed to break into the first team. Lara fell out of favor with the club, and while he put some of the blame for his struggles on Pachuca going away from the practice of bringing up academy players to the first team, sources tell Goal that Lara also deserved some blame for losing focus and not putting in the work necessary to keep progressing.”Every player has moments like that. Sad moments, moments where they’re not that motivated. It happens to everyone,” Lara said. “At this moment, just coming here (to U.S. camp) has given me a breath of fresh air. it’s given me motivation again to work hard.”Edwin Lara Club Leon 1Lara left Pachuca for Club Leon in the summer, and is eager to make the most of his fresh start, with a new club, and back with the national team he feels he belongs with. The 19-year-old is still very much a promising left back prospect who believes he has improved, even though he is still searching for his Liga MX debut.”I feel like I’ve matured a lot more in the sense of reading the game, and knowing when to go and when to stay,”  Lara said. “Back (with Mexico’s U-17s)  I was just that left back that would go, go, go. I didn’t worry about defending. Now I’ve learned that I’m a defender at the end of the day so I always have to run back. Knowing when to go and when to stay and basically have that timing so I can be at the right spot at the right time.”Lara is facing plenty of stiff competition in the U.S. Under-20 national team player pool, and earning a spot on the U.S. Under-20 World Cup team is far from a sure thing. Hannover 96 defender Chris Gloster is the team’s starter at left back, while Philadelphia Union defender Matt Real and Ajax fullback Sergino Dest are also options for Ramos at left back.For now, Lara isn’t looking that far ahead. He was content to simply have the chance to be back with the U.S. program”I felt very happy. I feel proud. I feel motivation,” Lara said. “I just want to show Tab, the coaches and everybody that I deserve a spot. They’re good guys, good players and I just feel like I’m at home.”And how did Lara’s parents respond to his decision to play for the United States?”They were just happy for me. I talked to them about it and they had my back 100 percent,” Lara said. “I wasn’t that little kid that would just say yes to everything. Now I can say what I want and I feel a lot better.”Lara isn’t the first, nor will he be the last player to have to make the decision between playing for the United States and Mexico. His childhood friend Jonathan Gonzalez is one of the most high-profile examples of an American-born player choosing Mexico, but Lara is now on the same side with players such as recent U.S. Under-20 standouts Alex Mendez, Ulysses Llanez and Frankie Amaya among Mexican-Americans choosing to play for the United States.Lara’s advice for players in that position?”Every player’s situation is different,” Lara told Goal. “Maybe some players don’t feel at home over there even if they’re Mexican. Maybe some players feel more at home over here. It’s a bunch of things that can make that decision.”If you feel at home, and you feel comfortable with the U.S. team then just stay, don’t even think about it. Go wherever you feel at home.”For Lara, home is wearing the United States uniform again, and he’s happy to be back.last_img read more

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ICC Cricket World Cup 2019: Sri Lanka team profile

first_img Reuters New DelhiMay 27, 2019UPDATED: May 29, 2019 16:45 IST Sri LankaThe last four years have not been kind to Sri Lankan cricket and the island’s once-powerful side arrive at the World Cup struggling for form under a newly appointed captain who has played a single one-day international since 2015.Sri Lanka have won 24 of 86 ODIs since stalwarts Mahela Jayawardene and Kumar Sangakkara retired after the 2015 World Cup, with the captaincy changing hands six times since.The island nation, who were world champions in 1996 and reached consecutive finals in 2007 and 2011, are ranked ninth among the 10 teams at this year’s tournament and have not won a bilateral series against a top-10 nation since 2015.The side’s form in 2019 has been dire, losing eight games in series whitewashes by New Zealand and South Africa, against a backdrop of political instability at home and the deaths of more than 250 people in last month’s Easter Sunday bombings. Team Profile ICC Cricket World Cup 2019: Sri Lanka team profileSri Lanka will be led by Dimuth Karunaratne in the 2019 World Cupadvertisementcenter_img The Lankans have the oldest squad at the tournament with an average age of 29.9 years, but only four of their players have more than 100 ODI caps.Former captains Upul Tharanga and Dinesh Chandimal, who have played 381 ODIs between them, were dropped due to poor form, and mystery spinner Akila Dananjaya, wicketkeeper Niroshan Dickwella and opener Danushka Gunathilaka also did not make the cut.The choice of test captain Dimuth Karunaratne as Sri Lanka’s ODI skipper has raised eyebrows because the opener has played only one 50-overs match in the last four years against Scotland earlier this week.Karunaratne’s ability to lay the foundations for an innings is well known in tests but the 31-year-old has two half-centuries to his name in the 18 ODIs he has played since his debut in 2011.advertisement”I was surprised,” former Lankan cricketer Russel Arnold told Reuters earlier this month.”Sri Lanka needed an opener to steady the ship… I do think (Karunaratne) has a role to play and he should have been brought in earlier, but not as captain.”Experienced all-rounders Angelo Mathews and Thisara Perera will need to fire for the Lankans to do well and much will depend on veteran pace bowler Lasith Malinga, who has taken 43 wickets at previous World Cups.Malinga, 35, has lost some of his searing pace after multiple knee operations, but he still has the guile to torment opposition batsmen and took a decisive last-ball wicket in last month’s Indian Premier League final.The side have arguably been weakened by a clash of schedules that, unlike past years, prevented the majority of their players from participating in the world’s biggest T20 competition this year.”Sri Lanka are an unpredictable team,” former Lankan fast bowler Chaminda Vaas said last month. “It’s now time for young guys to take the initiative. I’m sure when given the chance they’ll grab it and perform well.”Their campaign begins against New Zealand on June 1.For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAjay Tiwari Tags :Follow ICC Cricket World Cup 2019Follow Dimuth KarunaratneFollow Lasith Malingalast_img read more

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15 Serie A clubs against proposed UEFA Champions League reform

first_imgMIlan: Fifteen of Serie A’s 20 clubs have voted against a proposal to create a semi-closed Champions League from 2024 onwards. In a statement, the clubs backed a resolution which said that qualification for UEFA club competitions such as the Champions League should be based exclusively on performances in domestic leagues, as happens at present. Juventus were the only club to vote against the resolution while Inter Milan, AC Milan, AS Roma and Fiorentina all abstained. Also Read – We don’t ask for kind of tracks we get: Bowling coach ArunThe European Club Association (ECA), which represents the region’s most powerful clubs, and UEFA have proposed creating a three-tier pan European league with promotion and relegation between divisions, according to league officials who have seen it. The top tier would be the new version of the Champions League, but 24 of the 32 teams would keep their places for the following season, breaking the tradition that qualification is achieved through domestic competition. Also Read – Bastian Schweinsteiger announces retirement, could join Germany set-upThe ECA, whose chairman Andrea Agnelli is Juventus president, says it wants to help clubs outside the biggest five leagues by giving them more regular European matches. England’s Premier League, Germany’s Bundesliga and France’s Ligue 1 have already said they oppose the proposal. However, some clubs from outside Europe’s biggest leagues, such as Ajax Amsterdam, Legia Warsaw and HJK Helsinki are in favour. “Any semi-closed model will endanger the value of national competitions,” the Serie A clubs said in the resolution. “We also express our concerns about the economic and competitive impact on Serie A of this UEFA reform,” they said. “We truly hope that UEFA will take our observations into consideration and will work together with the European Leagues to implement a different model that will preserve the sustainability of both national championships and European competitions.”last_img read more

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Cloudburst in Himachals Kullu

first_imgShimla: A car was washed away in flash floods after a cloudburst in Himachal Pradesh’s Kullu district on Wednesday, police said. The Maruti 800 vehicle has been washed away near New Sabzi Mandi in flash floods after the cloudburst at Hallan Badgran. Two people in the car are safe and are being rescued, district Superintendent of Police Gaurav Singh said. The sub-divisional magistrate (SDM) and the station house officer of the area are on the spot, and the fire brigade has been informed, Singh said. Sudden flow of water in the area has been reported after the cloudburst, the SP said, adding that assessment about loss to property was being done. More details are awaited.last_img read more

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Dark Matter EP Vanessa Piazza Sets MultiYear Producing Partnership With eOne

first_img Facebook Twitter LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment READ MORE Advertisement Login/Register With:center_img Advertisement Entertainment One (eOne) has entered into a multi-year producing partnership with executive producer Vanessa Piazza through her production company Piazza Entertainment.The partnership encompasses Piazza’s television projects, where eOne will serve as the studio and will control worldwide rights. Piazza developed and executive produced the international hit supernatural series “Lost Girl” and served as executive producer of Seasons 1 and 2 of the sci-fi drama “Dark Matter.”“I’m thrilled to announce this exciting new partnership,” said Piazza. “With the recent launch of my company, the partnership with eOne will only strengthen my ability to continue to do what I love, fostering relationships and working with top tier creatives. As a heavy hitter in the international marketplace, eOne’s global footprint will help launch my slate of standout programming for worldwide audiences.” Advertisement CREDIT: COURTESY OF ENTERTAINMENT ONElast_img read more

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Vote for AAP because we worked for development CM to people

first_imgNEW DELHI: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Sunday held a roadshow for West Delhi candidate Balbir Singh Jakhar. The road show was held at the Dwarka in presence of local MLAs and other leaders. This was held a day after the Chief Minister was slapped by a person in a roadshow in North East Delhi. For the Sunday rally, the security for the Delhi CM was increased by the police.In the roadshow, the Chief Minister urged the people to vote for the Aam Aadmi Party because they have worked for the development of Delhi. The CM also warned the people and urged not to vote for the Congress party. Also Read – Odd-Even: CM seeks transport dept’s views on exemption to women, two wheelers, CNG vehiclesMeanwhile, Gujarat MLA Jignesh Mevani and Kannada actor Prakash Raj campaigned for AAP’s East Delhi candidate Atishi on Sunday, a party leader said. Kafeel Khan, whose name surfaced in the death case of 63 children at Gorakhpur’s BRD Medical College, also campaigned in East Delhi for Atishi. The AAP claimed Khan was hailed as a “hero” for arranging jumbo oxygen cylinders to save dying kids. “The fabulous results of 94.24 per cent students passing in the XII board exams this year is a lasting legacy of her work in government schools.” tweeted Mevani. Also Read – More good air days in Delhi due to Centre’s steps: JavadekarIn another tweet, he wrote, “In East Delhi with AAP’s candidate Atishi. This is AAP’s candidate and the people’s. She is working being between you, and wishes to work for your benefit. No caste, no religion – press the button on work.” Mevani also addressed a gathering at Old Seemapuri where he said, “I came here from Gujarat to support your candidate Atishi. I come from Gujarat but I am not a lier and I speak truth.” Mevni attacked PM Narendra Modi and explained why it is important this election to defeat Modi-Shah regime. Actor-turned-politician Prakash Raj will campaign for the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) in Delhi for a week. Raj began his campaign from the Northeast Lok Sabha constituency on Saturday evening with a meeting in support of AAP candidate Dilip Pandey at Babarpur. On Sunday, he campaigned for Atishi in East Delhi. “AAP is fighting elections on the issues of health, education, their vision, and based on their work. I am here to support such candidates, such party, which is fighting for a change in this election compared to other parties,” he said. “This is what we need. This is my gesture and my belief that different people with different thought processes but love for the country need to come together to reclaim our republic, which is on the verge –and which we may lose –with the onslaught of communal and hate politics of the government that is in place,” he added. Meanwhile, Dr Khan praised Atishi and said, ” We want to see that people like Atishi is going to Parliament. Here the fight is between Atishi and BJP’s Gautam Gambhir, therefore, do not ever do the mistake of choosing BJP because they have shattered the democracy of India.”last_img read more

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Morocco Sentences Casablanca Official to 6 Years for Corruption

Rabat- A Casablanca court has sentenced a qaid (official) in Hay El Hassani neighborhood to six years in jail on charges of administrative corruption.The criminal court of Ain Sebaa in Casablanca convicted the Hay El Hassani’s official of several corruption counts, reported Moroccan news outlet Hespress on Sunday.Charged with bribery, fraud, and abuse of power, the official was subject to a months-long investigation by the Judicial Police Division after he received large amounts of money from citizens he promised to employ. The same court has also convicted nine other individuals from six months to six years in prison, including an officer, the head of an unnamed organization, and an entrepreneur charged with fraud and bribery.Najim Bensami, the King’s attorney general at Casablanca’s Court of Appeals, previously ordered the prosecution the head of Hay Limouna in Hey El Hassani Prefecture, who had received MAD 100,000 in bribes.Police confiscated the money and landholdings of Hay Limouna’s head, who had held the position for 14 years, Bensami said.Similar arrests have continued to make headlines in Morocco since the launch of Morocco’s anti-corruption hotline on May 14.In the same month, the Public Prosecution Office in the Ministry of Justice reported that it had registered 599 calls from witnesses reporting corruption.The initiative comes in line with the government’s national plan to end all forms of corruption by 2050.Compared to 2016, Morocco improved slightly in Transparency International’s Corruption Perceptions Index in 2017, owing to the government’s efforts to counter administrative corruption, abuse of power, and public funds mismanagement. read more

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Singleuse plastics ban not expected to hurt new petrochemical projects

CALGARY — An executive with the Chemistry Industry Association of Canada says a proposed ban on certain single-use plastics in Canada likely won’t affect billions of dollars in new petrochemical projects coming on stream in Alberta and Ontario.But executive vice-president Isabelle Des Chenes says her organization wants to be involved in the process to ensure regulations are supported by scientific evidence and bans imposed only where there are “viable, cost-effective and environmentally sustainable alternatives.”Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says the federal government will determine specific items to be banned using a science-based review, but is considering items such as water bottles, plastic bags and straws.Canada’s petrochemical industry is undergoing a five-year high in capital spending this year, thanks in part to incentive programs by federal and provincial governments.In Alberta, Inter Pipeline Ltd. and Pembina Pipeline Ltd. are building polypropylene projects to turn propane into plastic at a cost of $3.5 billion and $4.5 billion, respectively. In Ontario, Nova Chemicals Corp. is in the midst of a $2-billion expansion of its Sarnia polyethylene plant.Des Chenes says single-use plastics are a small part of the overall plastics industry in Canada and the bans aren’t expected to cause great disruption, but urged the use of transition periods to reduce harm to parts of the industry that will be adversely affected.“We are pleased to see they want to take a science-based approach,” Des Chenes said.“Certainly, our only caution is that we don’t predetermine the outcomes until the science is in.” The Canadian Press Companies in this article: (TSX:IPL, TSX:PPL) read more

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Ban Kimoon urges redoubling of efforts to resolve Myanmar crisis

12 November 2007Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today encouraged the Myanmar authorities and all relevant parties to redouble their efforts towards achieving national reconciliation, democracy and full respect for human rights. “The Secretary-General reiterates that the return to the status quo that existed before the crisis is not sustainable,” his spokesperson said in a statement issued after Mr. Ban, who is travelling in Brasilia, was briefed by telephone by his Special Adviser, Ibrahim Gambari, who just returned to New York following a week-long mission to Myanmar, his second since the Government began its crackdown against demonstrators a few months ago. “As a result of this visit, a process has been launched that will hopefully lead to a meaningful and substantive dialogue with concrete outcomes within an agreed timeframe,” the spokesperson added.Welcoming the willingness expressed by both sides to work with the UN, the Secretary-General looks forward to Mr. Gambari’s early return to Myanmar, “as part of an open and regular process of mutual engagement,” she said.Mr. Gambari also briefed the President of the General Assembly on his visit and developments since the two last met on 5 October. According to a statement issued by the President’s spokesperson, Srgjan Kerim was “encouraged by the fact that the Special Adviser was able to visit the country and meet with key representatives of the relevant parties.” Mr. Kerim welcomed the inauguration of a process that may lead to substantive and unconditional dialogue among the main parties, and stressed that this process must achieve concrete results and a clear commitment on the part of the Government to work constructively with the Special Adviser, the statement added.The mandate of Mr. Gambari’s mission originates from the Assembly, which requested the Secretary-General to continue to provide his good offices and to pursue his discussions on the situation of human rights and the restoration of democracy with the Government and the people of Myanmar. Meanwhile, the independent UN human rights expert probing recent events in Myanmar has begun an official visit to the country, meeting with senior government officials, security forces and Buddhist monks.Special Rapporteur Paulo Sérgio Pinheiro has said he intends to use the 11 to 15 November visit to verify allegations of abuses during the recent Government crackdown on peaceful demonstrators, determine the numbers and whereabouts of those detained or killed, and collect testimony about what happened. Mr. Pinheiro, who had not been allowed into the country since 2003, added that the invitation by the Government to visit the troubled South-east Asian nation “sends a positive indication of the desire of the authorities to cooperate with his mandate and the Human Rights Council.” Following his arrival in Yangon yesterday, the Special Rapporteur, who works in an unpaid, individual capacity, was invited by the authorities to visit the Kya Khat Waing Monastery in Bago where he held talks with the Head Abbot of the Monastery, according to the UN Information Centre in Yangon. Later, Mr. Pinheiro met with the Board of Trustees of the Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon.This morning he met with senior officials from, among others, the Ministry of Home Affairs, Law Enforcement, the Yangon Peace and Development Council and the Yangon General Hospital.Later in the day, he met with the senior abbots of the State Sangha Maha Nayaka Committee (the State Governing Body of the Buddhist Clergy). Mr. Pinheiro also visited two monasteries involved in the recent demonstrations.In addition, the Special Rapporteur visited the former Government Technical College, where he met with the personnel in charge of the detainees held there during the days of the demonstrations, as well as with security forces from the No. 7 Police Battalion Control Command Headquarters in Kyauktan, Thanlyin, where some people had been held.Mr. Pinheiro, who also visited the Insein Jail, expects to interview detainees before the end of his mission and receive further details on their records.He is expected to travel to Myanmar’s new capital, Nay Pyi Taw, tomorrow. read more

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Trudeau announces he will keep the retirement age at 65

During an interview with Bloomberg’s editor in chief John Micklethwait in New York, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau confirmed that next week’s federal budget will restore the age of eligibility for old age security to 65.Trudeau says the previous government’s decision to increase it to 67 was not the right approach. The prime minister says more thought needs to be given to supporting Canada’s seniors.The Liberals had pledged during the campaign to undo the Conservatives’ decision to raise the age of eligibility for old age security, which would take effect in 2023.The budget will be tabled on March 22. read more

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Incoming freshman wide receiver Johnnie Dixon hoping to become a great receiver

Incoming-freshman wide receiver Johnnie Dixon talks to the media on National Signing Day Feb. 5 at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center.Credit: Shelby Lum / Photo editorThe strongest college programs typically see their success from one season just flow right into another because of a powerful recruiting presence.The Ohio State football team can be considered one of these programs — year in and year out being among the top teams in the country. A steady flow of talent through Columbus has been a major contributor to this success.One of the most successful positions for OSU over the past few years has been the wide receiver spot.Since the turn of the millennium, the Buckeyes have seen 11 wide receivers taken in the NFL Draft, including four — Ted Ginn Jr. and Anthony Gonzalez in 2007, Santonio Holmes in 2006 and Michael Jenkins in 2004 — taken in the first round.Now with former receiver Corey “Philly” Brown hoping for a future in the NFL, the Buckeyes are left searching for their next elite pass-catcher.Juniors Devin Smith and Evan Spencer are easy choices to fill the void left by Brown next season because of their experience on the field for OSU, but that next star receiver could be someone who has yet to don the Scarlet and Gray.Incoming wide receiver Johnnie Dixon, a West Palm Beach, Fla., native was listed as a four star recruit by Rivals.com and ESPN before committing to OSU in December.“He chose Ohio State because it was the best university and this program, this offense, this head coach we have, myself … it was the best chance for him to develop into the maximized version of himself,” wide receivers coach Zach Smith said on National Signing Day Feb. 5.Dixon said the pedigree of OSU and coach Urban Meyer when it comes to the success of wide receivers drew him to Columbus.“I wanted to be a great receiver and under coach Meyer and coach Smith, I can make that happen and they can make that happen,” Dixon said on Signing Day. “(Meyer’s) had great players here and also at Florida at the receiver spot, so I knew that him coaching me would be a big impact.”Zach Smith was involved in Dixon’s recruitment and said part of bringing him to Columbus was a willingness to point out flaws.“I went down and watched Johnnie Dixon practice a couple times and told him, ‘That was awful,’” Zach Smith said. “We talked about it, but the kid at the end of the day went home and said ‘That guy’s going to make me better and he’s real.’”Dixon added that he hopes to play right away for OSU but understands the effort that requires.“I feel like if I work hard enough, I can hit the field and I can make an impact,” Dixon said.Even with the returning players at wide receiver, Zach Smith said there was no guarantee that any one player will receive playing time.“You don’t want to take away from what guys like Devin Smith and Evan Spencer have done for us this past year, but at the end of the day we got better — we were a better unit but we weren’t where we needed to be,” Zach Smith said. “There’s not a position in my room where that is locked down or anyone who really has an edge … I’m not confident there’s any delineation between wideouts. The way the younger guys develop by the end of the year, I think its going to be a dogfight.”Coming in, Dixon is slated to be one of the shorter receivers, only standing 5 feet 11 inches tall with nine of the 14 Buckeyes listed on the roster standing at 6 feet 1 inch or taller.Despite the advantages that taller receivers have, Zach Smith said it doesn’t matter how tall a player is as long as he is able to produce.“I like electric guys that are going to take the football and put it across the endline,” Zach Smith said. “That’s it, I want it in the end zone, I don’t care how big you are — it doesn’t matter, just get it in the endzone. It’s nice to have size but I like playmakers.”Dixon and the rest of the receivers are slated to have their first shot at the field Aug. 30 at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore when OSU is scheduled to start its season against Navy.Even though the Buckeyes start the season in a warmer climate, late season games in the Midwest can often get quite cold.Dixon said he isn’t worried about the going from the warmth of Florida to Columbus though, and just wants to prove himself on the field.“The weather’s not really a big factor to me,” Dixon said. “Once you make it to the NFL, you play in all types of weather so the weather wasn’t a big deal for me. I just wanted to be a great player, a great receiver, it had to be here.” read more

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SEHA League Round 5 First defeat for Nexe – Vardar wins in

Round 5 of the SEHA League consisted of TOP teams from six countries (Balkan and Slovakia) was good for the visitors, which won three from five matches (C.O Zagreb against Lovcen will play next weekend). Borac Banja Luka wins in Ljubuski against Izvidjac 23:20 after 11 years! Vardar Skopje beats Crvena zvezda 26:22, easily as a visitor in Belgrade and prolonged “black series” of Crvena zvezda. Serbian vice-champion hasn’t any single points after four games (three at home).A few days ago, Metaloplastika celebrated another win in SEHA in Niksic against home team, Sutjeska 25:22, probably the weakest team of this competition.HC Metalurg Skopje shows TOP quality performance against Tatran Presov 32:24. Boys of Lino Cervar playing in high form despite difficult schedule at the beginning of the season.On the end, Bosna Sarajevo wins over Nexe 26:23 and indicated that rhe crisis is past. For ambitious Nexe, this is the first defeat in SEHA season. ← Previous Story Sellin and Spoljaric stays in Berlin Next Story → Your opinion: THW Kiel will win the EHF CL 2011/2012! SEHA league read more

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Awesome Minecraft timelapse video shows the creation of Penn Station

first_imgOne of the best things about Minecraft and other games like it is that you can make just about anything. As long as you can find a way to mine or make it, you can build it, and this time-lapse proves the point.One group of Minecraft players decided to build a massive train station complex inspired by New York City’s Penn Station, and even though it was a massive undertaking, they did it.AdChoices广告The train station project took three days and an entire server full of Minecraft players to build. While the players who uploaded the video mention that Penn Station architecturally inspired it, it looks very much like the actual terminal. The final product has four expansive courtyards and a main concourse that’s analogous to where the shops, ticketing counters, and eateries are in the real station.Of course, the station wouldn’t be a real version of Penn Station without the huge underground space where the trains pull in and depart, complete with individually labeled tracks and an overhead walkway where passengers can move to between tracks without crossing them.The entire project is impressive on its own, but watching the time-lapse video gives you a real sense of how much work the whole project must have been. You see players zooming all over the map building the foundation, digging the underground tracks, building the walls, and even arranging the stands and decorations along the concourse so everything looks just right.Even though it took all of three days to complete, we don’t have a good idea of how many people were involved in its making, and if the video is any indication, players were working on it all day and all night long.If you manage a Minecraft server of your own, you can download the textures used for this project over at the Minecraft forums, and support the players that did this.via YouTubelast_img read more

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Sony to stop manufacturing optical drives

first_imgOptical drives have been disappearing from computers in ever increasing numbers. Apple is moving away from using them and Ultrabooks turn a blind eye, too. You don’t even need one in a desktop PC anymore due to the option to boot from USB, and we are storing more and more data in the cloud rather than on disc.So it may come as little surprise that Sony is getting out of the business. However, the reason seems to be one of competition rather than a lack of demand.Sony Optiarc Inc. has been around since 2006 when it was created as a joint venture with NEC to manufacture optical drives. Then in 2008 Sony bought out NEC making Optiarc a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Japanese company. Today it enjoys a relatively healthy 15% share of the global market for optical drives.A 15% market share is worth holding on to if you’re making a profit, but that’s no longer the case for Optiarc. Sony has stated that due to increased competition for fewer sales it is now operating the business at a loss, which is clearly unsustainable.Sony will close Optiarc operations no later than March next year with some 400 staff being offered early retirement or placed elsewhere in the company. It is though Sony wants most of the 400 to retire though, as part of its goal to cut 10,000 people from the company’s work force.The closure of Optiarc’s production lines is not likely to have much impact on the availability of optical drives. Competitors will happily fill the void in what is a rapidly shrinking market.Sony will continue to manufacture consumer DVD and Blu-ray players, as well as ensure there’s a supply of Blu-ray drives for the PS3. But by this time next year its unlikely you’ll be able to purchase a Sony manufactured optical drive for your PC.More at The Asahi Shimbun, via Engadgetlast_img read more

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Pat Hickey set to return to Ireland as bond money for passport

first_img http://jrnl.ie/3115266 Pat Hickey set to return to Ireland as bond money for passport is received The ANOC said it was giving Hickey a temporary loan. Dec 2nd 2016, 4:30 PM By Sarah O’Sullivan Friday 2 Dec 2016, 4:30 PM No Comments 25,528 Views Hickey was arrested in Brazil in August. center_img Share25 Tweet Email Short URL Updated 4.24pmAN INTERNATIONAL OLYMPIC umbrella organisation has committed to lending money to former OCI president Pat Hickey, paving the way for his return to Ireland from Brazil.The Association of National Olympic Committees (ANOC) confirmed that it would lend a sum of money to Hickey in a statement.Hickey was arrested last August on charges of ticket-touting, formation of a cartel, and illicit marketing, and has since temporarily stepped down as head of the Olympic Council of Ireland (OCI).Pat Hickey’s legal team has confirmed that the bond money required for the release of his passport has been received in Brazil in recent days.Lawyer Simone Kamenetz this afternoon confirmed that the amount of one and a half million Brazilian reals arrived into the country in the past couple of days. Now, the legal team are waiting for the money to pass through banking compliance systems, so that it may subsequently lodged to the courts.Earlier, the Association of National Olympic Committees (ANOC), of which Hickey was vice president, said it would pay the amount of one and a half million Brazilian Reals (around the equivalent of €410,000), as required by the Brazilian courts in order for Hickey to get his passport back, liberating him to leave Brazil, and return to Ireland for medical attention.ANOC said it had “agreed to temporarily loan the bail payment for Patrick Hickey to return home for medical reasons.”This morning, senior counsel for Hickey, Arthur Lavigne, said that he knew nothing of the payment, or its origin, and that the bond had not been paid.However, hours later Kamenetz confirmed that the money has indeed reached Brazil, and will be lodged to the courts, once it is cleared by Brazilian banks.“The money cannot be lodged directly to the courts, from overseas. The courts do not handle foreign currency. The lodgement is passing through the bank’s compliance, and will be liberated in the coming days. Then it will be paid to the courts,” she confirmed.Kamenetz said that Hickey is “much more animated now that he knows he can go home”.She said that Pat Hickey already has made an appointment for a medical procedure in Ireland on his return, but she was not aware when this is scheduled, adding that her client is happy that he can return home to see family and his own doctor.Passport returnIt is likely that on receipt of a payment to the courts, the actual return of Hickey’s passport could take around 5-7 days, depending on how quickly the responsible judge can formally order its return.The bail conditions laid down by the courts in Rio de Janeiro state that the passport may be returned so that Hickey travels home to receive medical attention, but that he must be willing to fully comply with the ongoing legal process in Brazil, and return as requested by court officials.Once paid, the bond amount would be returned on completion of the legal process, if the accused were acquitted. If condemned, the bond amount would be used to meet legal costs, fines, or compensation arising from the case.The bond amount would be refunded in full if the case is shelved before reaching court, as has been requested by the legal team. A request to shelve the case was denied by the Special Court for Supporters and Large Events in recent weeks.When granting bond conditions for the return of Hickey’s passport, the Judge Juliana Leal de Melo acknowledged the possibility that Hickey could leave Brazil, and not return.However, she that this needed to be weighed up against his right to receive medical treatment, and the fact that Hickey does not have any ties to Brazil, where he has spent the last three months.The full bond amount will be retained by the courts if Hickey does not return to Brazil, as requested by the legal process.Earlier this month a judge in Rio de Janeiro agreed in principle to allow Hickey to return to Ireland on health grounds, and set a bond of €410,000 which must be paid as a condition of having his passport returned.The OCI said that it would not be fronting the money for Hickey to return to Ireland.When contacted by TheJournal.ie, a spokesperson for the OCI said they had no comment to make on the matter.The ANOC is an umbrella affiliation organisation of the 206 national Olympic committees.In its statement, the ANOC stated that the decision to lend Hickey the loan was approved by president Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah and all ANOC vice-presidents.“The payment was made as a temporary loan so that Patrick Hickey could meet his bail requirements and return to Ireland where he can receive medical treatment for a heart condition,” it said.“The terms of the temporary loan make it clear that it must be repaid to ANOC in full.For legal reasons all other terms and conditions surrounding this bail payment will remain confidential.Hickey had denied any wrongdoing and all charges against him.Comments have been closed for legal reasons. Additional reporting Cormac Fitzgerald.Read: The Olympic Council of Ireland is refusing to pay €410,000 to allow Pat Hickey leave BrazilRead: Pat Hickey is getting his Irish passport back and is allowed to leave Brazil Hickey was arrested in Brazil in August. 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