Tourists Turned Away From India’s Famed Hill Resort As Water Dries Up

first_imgFor generations during scorching Indian summers, tourists have been flocking to Shimla – a hill station retreat with charming colonial architecture and views of snow-capped Himalayan peaks.Now, however, Shimla’s locals are begging tourists – the lifeblood of its economy – to stay away from their town in the midst of an acute water shortage.Many of the town’s nearly 200,000 residents have been without water for more than a week, forced to stand with plastic buckets in long water lines along its famed Mall Road – where shops and restaurants are normally crowded with visitors this year. Tempers have frayed, and parched and angry residents marched on the home of the state’s chief minister.Now they’ve taken to social media to ask tourists to stay away – at the beginning of high season – so that their city can recover.“Stop visiting Shimla!” a message that went viral on social media exhorted this week. “The residents are barely getting water to drink, and at a few places, sewage water is being supplied to the houses. And it’ll only get worse as tourists throng to the place in large numbers during June.”City officials – who have blamed the shortages in part on a dry winter – have already canceled a prominent festival planned for the first part of June and hotels have been busy sending WhatsApp messages to incoming guests asking them to put off their holiday plans, according to the Indian Express.“There is no water. Please don’t come,” a leading hotelier wrote, the newspaper said.India’s rapidly depleting water resources are among the most stressed in the world, with rivers running dry, ground water supplies running out and more than 600 million of the country’s 1.3 billion residents at risk of disruptions in their surface water supply, according to the World Resources Institute.Scientists at New Delhi’s Center for Science and Environment have argued that after Cape Town – which is facing a possible “Day Zero” for the end of its tap water supply next year – one of the next big cities most at risk is India’s tech hub of Bangalore, where the paving-over of lakes and other development has decimated the water supply.On Tuesday, the Hindustan Times argued in an editorial that the government has failed to address the growing crisis in Shimla and called it “a warning for India.”“There is no attempt at the central or state levels to manage water quantity and quality, a lack of implementation of existing laws and regulations, pervasive corruption, poor adoption rates of technologies such as desalination plants, no charges on water usage and huge distribution losses,” according to the newspaper’s editorial. “India will have to get its act together on urban water. Otherwise, Shimla-like incidents will recur across the country.”More than 100,000 tourists visit Shimla each summer, and the water requirement swells to 45 million liters per day, officials said. The city has had less than half that supply in recent days. Experts said that a variety of reasons contributed to the shortage, including a dry winter, contamination of a nearby river and aging, leaky pipes that date to the days when the hill town was the summer capital of the British Raj.On Tuesday, the high court of Himachal Pradesh ordered a temporary halt to construction activities and car-washing and decreed that municipal tankers will not supply individuals in “VIP areas,” according to the Indian Express, including homes of top bureaucrats, police and businesses. Shimla’s residents were angry that these VIP neighborhoods had ample water while their taps were dry.(c) 2018, The Washington Post Related ItemsEnvironmentHimachal pradeshshimlalast_img read more

Salaries Have Risen for High-skilled Foreign Workers in US

first_imgThe analysis of US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) data, released as a part of the review of US immigration policy, has provided a window into the salaries of high-skilled foreign workers employed in the United States. The data reveals that the median salary, to be paid by the U.S. employers to high-skilled foreign workers with H-1B visas is $80,000 a year in fiscal year 2016. This up from about $69,000 a decade earlier.Negative Sentiment and Anger The Trump administration recently organized a ‘national listening session’ in a bid to review the country’s immigration policies. Pent up anger against outsourcing, the H-1B visa programme and Indian technology workers spilled over during session with the sentiment largely being ‘negative’ and ‘many people commenting about ill practices of the Indian outsourcing companies Economic Times had reported earlier.The USCIS data analyzed by the Pew Research Center shows that the overall demand for H-1B visas has seen a sharp rise over this decade — from 246,126 in fiscal 2009 to 399,349 in 2016. These are visa applications filed by employers on behalf of foreign workers.Discussions in the MeetingA US worker who was in charge of interviewing H1B and L1 workers said that USCIS needs to be stricter, as most workers applying for these visas were not highly skilled, according to the ET report.Another US resident went on to say that USCIS should hike the visa application fee to end the misuse. USCIS spokesperson R Carter Langston told the publication that it is not the policy of the agency to make the transcripts of the discussion public. He confirmed that the session included unemployed US workers as well as foreign nationals who were in the US on employment-based visas. “I am not aware that specific companies or countries were mentioned during the call,” he was quoted as saying. Out of 750 stakeholders in the call, 30 offered comments.Anger Directed at Indian WorkersPoorvi Chothani, a US licensed immigration attorney, confirmed in the report that many of the comments that were negative in tenor were directed at Indian companies and Indian H1B visas.She added that people seem to forget that Indian-origin US-based leaders like Sundar Pichai, Satya Nadella, Indra Nooyi and Ajay Banga were all beneficiaries of America’s immigration regime and have made huge contributions to the US economy.However, this was not the first time the USCIS held such a call. According to Shivendra Singh, vice president at Nasscom, the agency had organized at least eight teleconferences and 12 face-to-face stakeholder engagements to get feedback from public. This was the only one they held on Employment Opportunity.With the Trump administration in place, the H1B program — used by the outsourcing industry to send employees to the US — has come under heat. Companies such as Infosys and Wipro have filed fewer visas on behalf of their employees this year.According to Pew Research Center, US employers filed more than 3.4 million H-1B visa applications from fiscal 2007 through the end of June 2017 . Related ItemsH1-B visaIndian companies in USIndian workers in USIndian workers US salaryLittle IndiaPew study H1-BTrump administrationUS Citizenship and Immigration ServicesUSCISlast_img read more

Indian-Origin Man Jailed in UK for Being Part of ‘Prolific’ Dark Web Drug Gang

first_imgAn Indian-origin man was sentenced to 11 years and two months in jail for being part of a “prolific” dark web drug dealing group, according to the UK National Crime Agency (NCA). In total, five members of the group have been sentenced to a total of 56 years.London residents Basil Assaf, Elliot Hyams, Jaikishen Patel, all 26, and James Roden, 25 were students at the Manchester University when they began selling drugs on the notorious Silk Road website. Junior member Joshua Morgan, 28, of Manchester, was paid to package drugs for the group.The group was led by Assaf, who received 15 years and three months sentence. They moved the drug dealing operation on to Silk Road, a website modeled on sites such as eBay and Amazon, to sell a variety of illicit goods, in May 2011. Soon, they became one of the most successful businesses on Silk Road, which is part of the dark web.Under the brand name Ivory, they sent drugs, including LSD, ecstasy, 2CB, ketamine, and valium, to buyers around the world. The five people sent almost 17 kg of liquid ecstasy, equivalent to 240,000 tablets, through the post to buyers, in 6,305 sales.They also sent more than 1.2 kg of 2CB and more than 1.4 kg of ketamine.According to the NCA’s investigation, the group made at least $1.14 million (about £812,000), but the actual amount is unknown since they took cash or cryptocurrencies whenever possible.With their drug sales, the group funded a luxurious lifestyle for themselves, including holidays in the Bahamas and Jamaica, and weekends partying with suppliers in Amsterdam. Meanwhile, they also had instances of infighting when Hyams was sacked over his unreliability so he made off with a large quantity of drugs as compensation.Assaf then threatened Hyams, saying, “I won’t hesitate to ruin your life. Your mother will find out the truth.” He also followed through with the threat.The group came under the radar when the FBI shut down the Silk Road and seized its servers in October 2013. They shared the information with the NCA, which shortly arrested Assaf and Roden.The officers found four sets of scales, heat sealing devices, envelopes and jiffy bags, label printers, £4,500 in cash and more than 11,000 individual doses of LSD. Hyams was arrested the same day while officers arrested Patel, who worked with Assaf and Roden throughout, a year later.“These five men were interested only in making money,” Ian Glover, senior operations manager at the NCA, said. “They had no regard whatsoever for the harm these drugs could do to their users. The FBI’s excellent work shut the site down in 2013 in a globally significant operation and information they shared with us enabled us to identify, arrest and successfully build this case.” Related ItemsBritish Indiandrug crimemanchesterlast_img read more

Law Ministry Questions Legality of Harsher Steps for ‘Absconding’ NRI Husbands

first_imgThe Indian Women and Child Development (WCD) Ministry is reportedly unhappy with the Union Law Ministry for rejecting its proposals to take actions against NRI grooms who have allegedly abandoned their wives.The WCD ministry had made a draft proposal to bring in measures to protect women who were abandoned by NRI husbands soon after the wedding but the law ministry has questioned the legality of using a website to deliver summons to the men, according to the New Indian Express.The draft on harsher punishments for NRI wife deserters, which included several changes in the CrPC Act, was prepared after discussions with the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA), a senior WCD ministry official told the publication.“One of the suggestions was that since the wife deserters do not receive summons, the summons should be uploaded on a special website and if they fail to respond to it despite three notices—they will be considered as absconders,” the official said. “However, the law ministry had questioned the legality of the clause.”According to the draft, Indians who go abroad after marriage will be required to register on a specially created website so that in case of any marital disputes in the future, the website would be used to serve a notice to the man.Currently, notices are sent to NRI husbands through newspapers if they don’t respond to the summons, but it is probable that nobody reads the newspaper notices either, an official said, according to the report. He added that the Delhi High Court recently ruled that summons delivered through the messaging app WhatsApp will be considered legal if there are two double ticks.With the court accepting WhatsApp-delivered summons as legal, “there is no reason why the law ministry should reject our proposal on the issue of validity,” another official said, the report added.The WCD ministry also proposed impounding/cancelling the passport of the groom and attachment of their property in India but these too have been rejected, along with the rejection to the website. The WCD ministry is still going to pursue the matter with the law ministry, the report said.There is no official data about the number of women abandoned by NRI husbands but some NGOs have indicated that there may be almost 50,000 such women, mostly in Punjab and Gujarat.According to complaints received by the MEA between Jan. 1, 2015 and Nov. 30, 2017, an abandoned or tortured NRI woman calls the ministry every eight hours to seek help. Related ItemsfamilyMarriagewomen’s rightslast_img read more

NRI Voice: Cold Winds, Warm Hearts and Other Finnish Charms

first_imgOne of the biggest adjustments that Janani Fernandez had to make when she moved to Finland three years ago involved the weather conditions. “My first winter here I refused to leave my bed,” says the 25-year-old PhD scholar. “I just stayed there with a warm blanket, sometimes two. Sent someone else to do my shopping. The nest winters were easier.”Tiruchirappalli-born Fernandez, who is pursuing a doctorate in audiotechnology at Aalto University in Espoo, takes Vitamin D supplements during Finland’s dark winters. “Winter sickness or seasonal sickness is a thing. Without a UV lamp, I’m useless in winter.”The endless sun in summer poses a different kind of problem. “In summer, I find my sleep is lighter when the sun is up, which leads to a different kind of tiredness. Life without blackout curtains at that time is impossible,” says Fernandez, who is exploring the application of psychoacoustic techniques for cochlear implant and hearing aid users, and other alternative hearing protection techniques.Fernandez tells Little India about the other perks and challenges of living in a Northern Europe country:Quirks and Culture ShocksThe weirdest feeling for me since I came here in August 2015 has been that the light switches work differently here. What in India is the ON position is the OFF position here, and vice versa.Although people here are very helpful, they are incredibly reserved. For a shy person, getting help can be extremely difficult. However, if you get over your hesitation and actually talk to people, they will even go out of their way to help you. Once when I was trying to go from the airport to my flat at 2 a.m. and was so sick that I could barely stand, two Finns guided me to a bus, told me when to get off, and called a taxi to pick me up from there and take me right to my flat.Janani FernandezI’m lucky enough to be in a university environment, so I face less racism. However, several people assume that I would be a vegetarian. A former flatmate of my boyfriend told me, while inebriated, that he had been afraid when I started staying over at their flat because he had beef in the fridge. He thought I’d kill him in his sleep. And he was only half joking.Many people are startled by my Portuguese/Spanish surname, and one person kept asking me where I’m “really from.”Judgement from SubcontinentI sometimes face more judgement and stereotyping, or just plain sexism, from people from my own subcontinent than from the Finns. During my first week here, two Pakistani men assumed I would be down to make food for them. I had never offered that nor did I know them for longer than two minutes at that point in the conversation. Later on that same day, I met a group of Indian men and one woman. I hung out with them for a while, and noticed the woman let them take the lead. I left their company when the men tried to force the same on me, trying to prevent me from having a conversation with two Finnish men as well as openly passing comments when I had a beer. They also tried to stop me from participating in some games at the welcoming party for the new students at the university.One weekend, I had two separate encounters with Indian men, one in the lobby of my apartment block and another on a bus. Both conversations were the same. They asked where I was from, what I was doing here, then asked if I was here with my parents, or with a husband. When I told them I was here on my own, they were horrified that my parents “allowed me to do this.”I have also noticed a few dirty glances when I am out with my British boyfriend. Once, in a grocery store, a couple of South Asian men stopped talking to me when my boyfriend walked up and put some groceries in our basket. Indians rarely approach me when I’m in his company. Only one Indian did that — a woman who needed directions.Education in FinlandOne definite thing that is wonderful about Finland is the importance they give to education and students. PhD students in Finland are paid handsomely, even as compared to other parts of Europe. Undergraduate and postgraduate students get amazing benefits, both from government and private organizations. Even in supermarkets, students earn twice as many points with a membership as do others. Banks give discounts to students for services, and even a particular credit card for university students.Life in Nordic CountryFinland gives me freedom — I am allowed to do whatever I want as long as I obey the laws. I don’t have the same feeling of social pressure here as I do back in India. What I do miss about India is the three Fs — family, friends, and food! Also, my cat. One of the not-so-great things about Finland is the food, so I make it myself as much as I can.However, the downsides are complemented by great things such as the public transport system, which gives easy access to any part of the country. When I get time I go out with my coworkers and friends to a pub, or a cat cafe. Related ItemsEuropeFinlandlast_img read more

4 coaches, Adidas executive charged in college bribe scheme

first_imgNonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Federal prosecutors said at least three top high school recruits were promised payments of as much as$150,000, using money supplied by Adidas, to attend two universities sponsored by the athletic shoe company. Court papers didn’t name the schools but contained enough details to identify them as Louisville and Miami.“The picture of college basketball painted by the charges is not a pretty one,” said acting U.S. Attorney Joon H. Kim, adding that the defendants were “circling blue-chip prospects like coyotes” and exploited them to enrich themselves.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutProsecutors said that while some of the bribe money went to athletes and their families, some went to coaches, to get them to use their influence over their potentially NBA-bound players.The coaches charged are Chuck Person of Auburn, Emanuel Richardson of Arizona, Tony Bland of Southern California and Lamont Evans of Oklahoma State. Person and Evans were suspended, and Bland was placed on administrative leave. 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His lawyer declined to comment.Those charged also include James Gatto, director of global sports marketing for basketball at Adidas; Rashan Michel, a maker of custom suits for some of the NBA’s biggest stars; and various financial advisers and managers.NCAA President Mark Emmert condemned the alleged misconduct, saying, “Coaches hold a unique position of trust with student-athletes and their families, and these bribery allegations, if true, suggest anextraordinary and despicable breach of that trust.”Since 2015, the FBI has been investigating the influence of money on coaches and players in the NCAA. Kim noted a special FBI hotline was set up and asked anyone aware of additional corruption to come forward.Prosecutors said the coaches took bribes to use their “enormous influence” to steer players toward certain financial advisers and agents.Most if not all of the 10 defendants were under arrest. 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BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fightcenter_img Adidas said it was unaware of any misconduct by an employee and vowed to fully cooperate with authorities.Gatto and others are accused of funneling $100,000 to the family of a high school athlete to gain his commitment to play at Louisville and to sign with Adidas once he became a professional. Louisville and Adidas announced a 10-year, $160 million extension of their sponsorship deal over the summer.The player’s name was not released, but details in the criminal complaint make it clear investigators were referring to Brian Bowen, who did not return messages seeking comment.Louisville coach Rick Pitino said the allegations “come as a complete shock to me.”The development comes as Louisville is appealing a four-year NCAA probation over a scandal involvingescorts hired for players and recruits. The scandal could cost the school its 2013 national championship.In court papers Tuesday, the FBI said it recorded a July meeting at which an assistant coach at Louisville was briefed on a plan to funnel thousands of dollars to a potential high school recruit. The participants in the meeting noted they had to be careful because Louisville was on probation.“We gotta be very low key,” said the coach, according to the FBI.Investigators said agents wiretapped a call in which Gatto and another defendant discussed an unidentified coach at Miami requesting that Adidas pay as much as $150,000 to another recruit, in part to prevent him from accepting a similar offer from a rival apparel company.Louisville interim President Gregory Postel confirmed the university has been informed it is part of the investigation and said, “Any violations will not be tolerated.”Miami said it will cooperate with authorities, while USC said it appointed former FBI Director Louis J. Freeh to conduct an internal investigation.The investigation began after Martin Blazer, a Pittsburgh-based financial adviser to pro athletes, began cooperating with authorities in 2014. Blazer, accused by the Securities and Exchange Commission of taking money from clients without permission, pleaded guilty this month to fraud and other crimes. Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City View comments MOST READ Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC He admitted making payments and loans to NCAA athletes as far back as 2000 to get them to hire him.Person, associate head coach at Auburn, was drafted by the Indiana Pacers in 1986 and played for five NBA teams over 13 seasons.Prosecutors said Person accepted about $91,500 in bribes from Blazer last year to steer clients to him when they reached the NBA. Some payments were alleged to have been arranged by Michel, a former NBA referee turned high-end clothier.Person was quoted by prosecutors as telling one player: “The most important part is that you … don’t say nothing to anybody … don’t share with your sisters, don’t share with any of the teammates, that’s very important ’cause this is a violation … of rules. But this is how the NBA players get it done.”Prosecutors said Evans solicited at least $22,000 over the past two years, while Richardson in February was paid $20,000 in bribes, some of which he kept for himself and some of which he gave to at least one high school athlete to get him to play for Arizona. These file photos show, assistant basketball coaches Tony Bland, left, Chuck Person, center, and Lamont Richardson. The three, along with assistant coach Lamont Evans of Oklahoma State, were identified in court papers and are among 10 people facing federal charges in Manhattan federal court, Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2017, in a wide probe of fraud and corruption in the NCAA, authorities said. (AP Photo/File)NEW YORK — In one of the biggest crackdowns on the corrupting role of money in college basketball, 10 men — including a top Adidas executive and four assistant coaches — were charged Tuesday with using hundreds of thousands of dollars in bribes to influence star athletes’ choice of schools, shoe sponsors, agents, even tailors.Some of the most explosive allegations appeared to involve Louisville, one of college basketball’s biggest powerhouses, which is already on NCAA probation over a sex scandal.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Luxury car maker Jaguar, owned by Tata Motors, ready to launch new sports saloon

first_imgJaguar XFR-S Automobile manufacturer Tata Motors’ luxury sports car brand Jaguar will unveil its XE S derivative vehicle next month, a company statement said Wednesday.Jaguar said the full XE range will be revealed at the Paris Motor Show press conference on Oct 2.Jaguar has described the XE as “a true driver’s car, one that redefines the concept of the mid-size sports saloon”. The XE will be Jaguar’s smallest model and with it the company will widen its presence in the market and potentially increasing its already healthy profits.Designed, engineered and manufactured in Britain, the XE, according to Jaguar, “will bring levels of innovation never seen before in this segment – with its lightweight construction expertise and sophisticated chassis technology in addition to the new family of Ingenium engines”.It claimed: “The XE combines thrilling performance, agile handling and precise, responsive steering, with outstanding levels of refinement and fuel efficiency.”Insiders in the car industry in Britain have also spotted another Jaguar prototype – belonging to its flagship XJ model – undergoing final tests.The top-selling sedan has been in the fray in its current version since it was presented in 2009. A facelift to entice customers is now anticipated.last_img read more

Bangladesh pacer Shahadat Hossain indicted on charges of torturing underage house help

first_imgBangladeshi cricketer Shahadat Hossain and his wife face trial on charges of torturing their underage house help following their indictment by a Dhaka court here on Monday.The Women and Child Repression Prevention Tribunal-5 framed the charges against the two on Monday and fixed March 22 for hearing the witnesses’ testimonies. The couple, now on bail, appeared before the court during the hearing.In September last year, Hossain filed a complaint with the police, claiming his house help had gone missing. But hours later, the 11-year-old girl surfaced to accuse the cricketer and his wife of subjecting her to regular torture.Police said one Khandkar Mozzamel Haque found the girl at Mirpur and took her to the local police station. Haque later filed the case. The couple were absconding until police arrested the pace bowler’s wife on October 4.The next day, Hossain surrendered in the court of the Dhaka Metropolitan Magistrate, which rejected his bail plea and sent him to prison. On December 1, the same court granted bail to his wife.Hossain then moved the court of the Dhaka Metropolitan Sessions Judge for bail, but was turned down. On December 8, the High Court granted him bail until March 31, 2016.The fast bowler last played for Bangladesh in May last year against Pakistan. He went off the field on the first day of the first Test with a leg injury.Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) had him treated in Australia and he was going through a rehabilitation programme. The BCB has said that reports of Hossain torturing a minor were ‘utterly embarrassing’ and banned the pacer from all forms of cricket until the charges were resolved.advertisementHossain has played 38 Tests, 51 One-Day Internationals (ODI) and six Twenty20 Internationals.last_img read more

Barcelona vs Manchester United: Solskjaer hopes for another Camp Nou comeback

first_imgOle Gunnar Solskjaer knows all about overturning Champions League deficits at the Camp Nou.Twenty years after scoring a last-gasp winner there for Manchester United in the final against Bayern Munich, Solskjaer will be back in Barcelona’s stadium on Tuesday looking to mastermind an unlikely comeback for the English team from the touchline.United arguably has the toughest task of the eight quarterfinalists heading into the second legs, having lost 1-0 to Lionel Messi’s Barcelona at Old Trafford last week.Yet that was the scoreline facing United in 1999 after Mario Basler had put Bayern in front in the sixth minute in what proved to be one of the most dramatic soccer matches in a generation.United engineered the turnaround with two goals in injury time – the first from Teddy Sheringham, and the second from Solskjaer.During his four months as United manager, the former Norway striker has made a point of reminiscing about the old days at the club, when no deficit felt insurmountable. Comebacks and late goals were a regular thing under his then-manager and mentor, Alex Ferguson.”The memories from Paris will help the players. It shows we can turn things around,” Solskjaer said on Monday before leading United’s training session at Camp Nou.To go through we have to deserve it: Solskjaer”People have said to me that it has to be our year because of 20 years ago, I used to play with the number 20, we are back in Camp Nou … but to go through we have to deserve it. We can’t say we are just going to rely on faith.”advertisementUnited has beaten Juventus and Paris Saint-Germain away this season, but Solskjaer said after the first-leg loss that getting past Barcelona would be a “greater achievement.”Not helping United’s cause is the six-day turnaround between the two games. While Barcelona fielded a reserve side in the Spanish league on Saturday, Solskjaer couldn’t afford to rest too many of his first-team players for the match against West Ham in the Premier League the same day.United is still fighting to finish in the top four, while Barcelona is close to wrapping up another Spanish title.Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde said the thing he “most fears is the spirit” of Solskjaer’s team.”United has something special in the final minutes,” Valverde said on Monday, while adding that past glories don’t dictate future outcomes.”We all chose examples from our past that can give us a boost. That is experience. But at the end, I believe that you write your own destiny. It is not given to you. You have to seek it out. And tomorrow we will try to find ours.”And there is one bizarre statistic that will be giving United fans hope as they make their way to Spain.Messi, to many the greatest soccer player ever, hasn’t scored in his last 12 games at the quarterfinal stage – stretching back to 2013.Also Read | Solskjaer admits Man Utd benefitted from good fortune in victory over West HamAlso See:last_img read more

How can qualifiers help Brazil’s World Cup dream?

first_imgWC Qualification South America With Russia 2018 assured, how can the remaining qualifiers help Brazil’s World Cup dream? Raisa Simplicio 23:35 9/3/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Coutinho Brasil vs Ecuador WC Qualification South America Colombia v Brazil Brazil Colombia Despite already securing their place at next year’s tournament with time to spare these last three games still mean a great deal for the Selecao Even with qualification for the World Cup next year in the bag, Brazil coach Tite will not slacken the pace he demands of his players. Indeed, after a year focused wholly on securing passage to Russia 2018, the trainer now wants attentions turned wholly on the tournament itself and has publicly stated that, for his team, the World Cup has already begun. With a large part of the squad that will travel to Russia already decided, Tite left a message that was heard clearly by his players during a press conference prior to beating Ecuador on Thursday.READ MORE: Coutinho shines in new role | Neymar merely Brazil’s star | IN STATS: Brazil-Ecuador”The World Cup has already kicked off. The team should feel the pressure. I want to see my players under pressure, I want the team to play well, showing strong performances, I want to find the balance between joy and responsibility,” he underlined.  Editors’ Picks Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! ‘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 As well as showing Tite’s commitment to a strong World Cup showing, the qualifiers still have great value for the Selecao. First of all, with so few games scheduled in preparation for next year’s tournament, these last CONMEBOL clashes are a terrific shop window for anyone looking to restate their case for a place in the Russia squad. Also, after breaking several records in their last nine qualifiers, all of which ended in victory, Brazil can still reach other landmarks such as recording the best qualifying campaign in history since the current format was introduced for the 1998 World Cup. Tite Brazil Ecuador Eliminatorias 2018 31082017Winning the next three games against Colombia, Bolivia and Chile, the side will reach 45 points, smashing the milestone set by Marcelo Bielsa’s Argentina who for the 2002 edition in South Korea and Japan took a total of 42 points.The team could even break a record already held by a previous Selecao. In the 2010 qualifiers Dunga’s men conceded just 11 goals; right now Brazil stand on 10, meaning three more clean sheets would see that mark shattered.Neymar Gabriel Jesus Dani Alves Brasil Argentina Eliminatorias 2018 10112016But, aside from those statistical considerations, the big motivation comes in the fight for places in this supremely talented Brazil side. Tite has made it clear that he will be judging not merely on the games themselves, but also on attitude shown in training when he puts together his squad. Brazil have come to a point where Tite has the chance to decide who is really committed to the project for the next World Cup. Players who have received a chance to shine, as is the case for Alex Sandro and Jemerson, late call-ups to the current squad, need to take what may be their only chance to make an impact on the coach and leave Tite with pause for thought. With 36 points so far, Brazil have three more qualifiers to continue their Russia preparations. The Selecao take on Colombia and Bolivia away from home and close their campaign finally in Sao Paulo against Chile.last_img read more

Chicharito responds to West Ham exit rumours

first_imgTransfers ‘I’m very happy at West Ham’ – Chicharito slams reports he wants to leave Last updated 2 years ago 20:45 10/8/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Javier Hernandez Chicharito West Ham United Julian Finney Transfers West Ham United Javier Hernández Premier League The Mexico international only joined the Hammers in the summer but has already been linked with a January departure Javier Hernandez has ruled out a transfer away from West Ham, claiming he is “very happy” at the club. The Mexico international joined the Hammers from Bayer Leverkusen this summer in a deal worth around £16 million, but has already been linked with a move away in the new year.Mexico 66/1 to win World Cup Article continues below Editors’ Picks 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 Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. West Ham find themselves in 15th position in the Premier League after seven games, two points above the relegation zone, with Hernandez struggling to find his feet in east London. The former Manchester United and Real Madrid striker has scored three times for his new club but has been deployed in a wider position than the 29-year-old is used to in Slaven Bilic’s 4-3-3 formation.Rumours emerged that Hernandez had told Hammers chiefs that he was keen on a move away from the capital club, with Sevilla and Valencia cited by Spanish publication Don Balon.However, responding to the reports on Twitter, Hernandez insists he is happy at West Ham and has no plans to leave.He said: “That’s a lie! I’m very happy at West Ham!! #COYI.”That’s a lie! I’m very happy at West Ham!! #COYI— Chicharito Hernandez (@CH14_) October 7, 2017Hernandez has started all seven of the club’s Premier League fixtures thus far, scoring twice against Southampton in a 3-2 defeat on the second weekend of the 2017-18 campaign.Then, following five outings without a goal across all competitions, Hernandez struck against Tottenham at the London Stadium during another 3-2 loss.last_img read more


first_imgFawkner Park winter competition cancelled due to council ground closure. TFA-Victoria is working on a new competition, stay tuned for details.  Play: #2Selection of Junior State Teams confirmedFollowing the largest participant tournaments in the history of school touch in the State, the South Australian Junior State Teams have been announced. South Australian Under-12, 15, and 18 Years squads were selected. The 12s and 15s will compete at the School Sport Australia National Championships in Melbourne from 22 – 26 October while the 18s team will compete in the National 18 Years tournament in Coffs Harbour, New South Wales, 17 – 20 September, 2007. The official player rosters will be announced in the coming fortnight. All of the coaches are looking forward to successful campaigns and helping add to the development of the sport at a junior level in South Australia.Touch Football South Australia web-site: AUSTRALIA (WA) Play: # 3Position open to host 2008 Western Australia State ChampionshipsTouchWest is advertising for affiliates and parties who wish to express an interest in hosting the 2008 State Championships. The tournament is due to take place from Thursday February 28 until Sunday March 2, 2008.The Championships will be a three-day tournament with about 45 teams and 850 players and officials. The host will be required to provide six fields, warm-up space, referee facilities, and areas for tournament control, meeting, results, presentation, medical, etc. Lighting would also be beneficial. For a full list of requirements and other information contact Matt Bamford, WA Manager, Touch Football Australia. TouchWest will be accepting tenders until Friday July 13, 2007. Other events: On the June 17, 2007, a workshop was held for Western Australian affiliates regarding Sportzware Central, Sporting Pulse, and Competition Management.Touch West web-site: TERRITORY (NT)Play: #4Darwin Touch Grand FinalsDarwin Touch Competition had its grand finals last week, June 18 – 22, 2007. Monday night’s Men’s 35s final produced a grandstand finish. Humpty Doo won in a drop off, upsetting minor premier Bundy Bears.  On Thursday, Mixed finals night, favourites Dream Team defeated Bundy Bears 8-6 in the Mixed Division 1 final. Jaguars won Mixed Division 2; Mad Dogs won Mixed Division 3; Cowboys won Mixed Division 4; and Nightcliff Turtles won Mixed Division 5. On Friday night the Bulls upset the minor premier scorpions 7-6 in a cracking Women’s Division 1 final. Rachel Willis was named Player of the Final. In the Women’s Division 2 the Giddy Ups claimed the premiership, whilst Frillies won the Division 3 title and The Gumby’s took home the division four title. In the Men’s Division 1, Bulls triumphed in another exciting game against Dream Team, running out 7-6 winners. David Riddle was named Player of the Final. Dogs won Men’s Division 2, while Elias Enterprises won Division 3.Other events:Alice Springs and Katherine both held grand finals. Check the Northern Territory Touch website for more details in the coming days. The Touch Football Northern Territory web-site: Play: #5AUSTRALIAN CAPTIAL TERRITORY (ACT) Courses planned for the upcoming monthsACT Touch will be conducting courses in three technical disciplines for interested parties throughout July and August, 2007.LEVEL ONE REFEREES COURSE                                                               The Level One course perfect for anyone interested in learning more about refereeing, getting fit, earning some money, or for a new challenge. It is also perfect for any players who want to feel a little more confident when it is their turn for duty.The course will be held at the ACT Touch Offices, Makin Place in Deakin on 3rd and 10th July 2007 and will commence each night at 6pm and finish between 8.30 and 9pm. LEVEL ONE SELECTORS COURSE                                                             The Level-One Selectors Course will be held over two evenings. Theoretical aspects will be covered on July 12 with a practical session held on July 18, 2007, at Premier League. The Course will be delivered by ACT Head Selector, Sandra Hughes. LEVEL TWO COACHING COURSE                                                          The Level Two Coaching Course will be conducted on the weekend of August 10 – 12, 2007. If you are interested in taking the next step in your coaching career, this is the course for you. The theory workbooks that are required for the course will be handed out well in advance of the course delivery to enable participants to prepare prior to the course. If you are interested in completing your Level Two accreditation, please register with ACT Touch ASAP to organize course materials to be sent out.If you are interested in finding out more or putting your name down to attend any of the courses please contact Chris Tarlinton at the ACT Touch office on 6212 2880 or Other events:  ACT Touch hosts Touch Football tournament as part of NAIDOC Week, July 8 – 15, 2007.The ACT Touch Association web-site: # 6TASMANIA (TAS)Tasmanian representative trials in JulyTouch Football Tasmania already has its Under-18 teams in place and will begin the search for its remaining junior representative teams over the next couple of weekends.Trials for teams are as follows:Sunday July 1, 2007 – Wentworth Park, Hobart andSunday July 8, 2007 – Prospect Park, LauncestonUnder-12 Boys and Girls – 10.00amUnder-15 Boys and Girls – 11.00amOpen Men’s, Women’s and Mixed – 12.30pmTasmania is looking forward to the School Sport Australia National Championships being held in Melbourne from 22 – 26 October, 2007, and hopes that it is well supported by the growing number of junior players across the state.Other events:Tasmanian Open teams will participate at the Queensland State Championship in Toowoomba in October. It’s the first time in many years that a representative Mixed team has been available to players from the island state. Touch Football Tasmania is hoping that this creates some more interest amongst their elite group.That’s it for this week’s edition of A Set of Six.Be sure to check out all the latest news in Touch Football this week by going to each State’s web-site for further information. TFA-Victoria is advertising for a business and competitions coordinator. Applications close Friday July 6, 2007 Touch Football Australia brings you this rapid fire “Set of Six” news ‘plays’ from around the Country. TFA’s Media Scholarship Holder Henry Holland and TFA’s National Media Coordinator Karley Banks will bring you up to date every week with a selection of six ‘plays’ on the latest news, views, and events nationally.Welcome to Touch Football Australia’s A Set of Six – volume 8. VICTORIA                                                                                Play: #1 KooGa signs on as official uniform supplier to Victorian State TeamsKooGa will be the official supplier for the team uniforms for all Victorian State Teams until 2010.                                                                                                                                                                          The Victorian teams will first appear in their new KooGa uniforms at the Queensland Junior State Cup from July 5, 2007.Other events: The Touch Football Victoria AUSTRALIA (SA)last_img read more


first_imgAdvertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Talk about a rural advantage. When Toronto’s Aircraft Pictures and LA’s Cloudco Entertainment first approached US streamer Hulu and DHX TV’s Canadian net Family Channel with a live-action Holly Hobbie series for tweens and teens that’s set in a small country town, the broadcasters weren’t specifically looking for a rural-set show.But according to Aircraft producer Anthony Leo, Holly Hobbie‘s setting became a differentiator that helped the show stand out from others in the pitching process, and led to commissions from both broadcasters. Now, after the series’ US launch last November and its Canadian premiere in January, Hulu and Family Channel have ordered a second 10 x 22-minute season. “Although music is involved quite heavily, the series is not about a girl trying to be a huge star,” says Leo. “It shows kids that they don’t have to aspire to leave town and go to the big city to achieve their dreams.”Produced by Aircraft (The Breadwinner) in association with Cloudco (formerly American Greetings Entertainment) and Wexworks Media (D.N.Ace), Holly Hobbie follows a tween singer-songwriter (Ruby Jay) who saves her grandmother’s small-town café by launching open mic nights and performing original songs. The series is inspired by American Greetings’ classic girls’ character brand from the ’70s and ’80s. Twitter Ruby Jay ~ Holly Hobbie ~Hulucenter_img Advertisement Advertisement Facebook Login/Register With:last_img read more

Nine countries confirm participation in second International Grand Committee on Disinformation and

first_img“Together we represent over 355 million citizens from around the world. As lawmakers, we are all examining ways to protect our citizens from threats to our democracies in the digital age. That is why it is important that we continue to come together as a group to share our knowledge and best practices for tackling these global issues.”Some of the witnesses that have confirmed their participation in the International Grand Committee include former CEO/founder of Blackberry, Jim Balsillie, Privacy Commissioner of Canada, Daniel Therrien, and Chair of the United States Federal Election Commission, Ellen Weintraub.Invitations were also sent out to Facebook CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, and Twitter CEO, Jack Dorsey.Zimmer says he finds it quite encouraging to see that Zuckerberg and Dorsey have been talking about improving the safety of social media platforms.“It has been encouraging to see Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey publicly acknowledging that more needs to be done to stop the spread of harmful content on their platforms, as well as to protect their users’ privacy and data.”Zimmer hopes that Zuckerberg and Dorsey, along with other platform executives, take advantage of this important conversation. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Local M.P. and Chair of the Standing Committee on Access to Information, Privacy and Ethics, Bob Zimmer, has announced that at least nine countries, including Canada, will be taking part in the second gathering of the International Grand Committee.According to Zimmer, on May 28, representatives from Argentina, France, Germany, Ireland, Latvia, Singapore, the United Kingdom, and Ukraine will be joining Canada to discuss how they can protect citizen rights in the age of big data.Zimmer says having these countries on board will represent 355 million citizens, and will contribute to better protection of citizens in this digital age. “I hope that they, and other platform executives, will take advantage of this unique opportunity and come to Ottawa to be a part of this important conversation.”The International Grand Committee of Disinformation and ‘Fake News’ is co-chaired by Zimmer and Damian Collins, Chair of the UK Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee.last_img read more

Migiro spotlights improvements in UNs response to global emergencies

Migiro spotlights improvements in UN’s response to global emergenciesIn 2005, the world body launched a reform process to ensure that all victims’ needs were met for all emergencies and to bolster accountability.“Two years on, I think we have made considerable progress in improving the way we work,” Ms. Migiro said in an address in Washington, DC, to InterAction, a coalition of 165 non-governmental organizations (NGOs).“In the past, whenever an emergency occurred, the humanitarian community would scramble to find the resources to respond,” she said. “These came too little, too late.”However, this has been changing, largely due to the Central Emergency Relief Fund (CERF), which was approved by the General Assembly in 2005 to speed up relief operations for emergencies, make funds available quickly after disasters and finance underfunded emergencies. CERF funds are made available to address the existing imbalance in global aid distribution which results in millions of people in so-called neglected or forgotten crises remaining in need.“The CERF exemplifies the UN at its most effective, delivering real results on the ground, where and whenever it matters most,” Ms. Migiro stated.She also cited the Cluster Approach utilized by the Inter-Agency Standing Committee – a partnership between the UN and its humanitarian partners – as bolstering the UN’s ability to respond to emergencies.The Approach assigns lead agencies to 11 areas of humanitarian activity, including early recovery, health, logistics and protection.“It helps avoid gaps and duplication in our assistance efforts and promotes a more integrated response,” the Deputy Secretary-General said in her remarks. “And it makes the international humanitarian community a better partner for host Governments.”However, she urged ongoing efforts to improve the capacity to respond to humanitarian emergencies.“The demands for more timely effective and equitable emergency assistance will only continue to grow due to a combination of factors – the increasingly visible effects of climate change, rapid population growth in vulnerable areas, increasing competition for scarce resources, and the threat of pandemic diseases,” she said. 14 December 2007The United Nations has made significant strides in the way it responds to emergencies, Deputy Secretary-General Asha-Rose Migiro said today. read more

Over 40 train passengers arrested

Ariyaratne said that of those arrested most of them had paid the fine while a few promised to pay the fine the next day. Meanwhile five of the passengers were produced in court and remanded, the Sri Lanka Railways General Manager said.He also said that the fine imposed on train passengers who travel without tickets or switch between train compartments without upgrading the tickets will be charged a higher fine from the near future. (Colombo Gazette) He said that some unruly passengers had damaged the property of the railway station when they were asked to pay a fine. Over 40 train passengers were arrested today for travelling without tickets or switching from a lower class to a higher class train compartment without upgrading the ticket.Sri Lanka Railways General Manager B.A.P. Ariyaratne said that all those who were arrested were questioned at the Fort railway station. read more

Venue for UNmediated political talks shifts to Libya as national stakeholders seek

In a press release, UNSMIL noted that the talks, the previous two rounds of which were hosted by the UN Office at Geneva, brought “all invited participants” together for the first time and were conducted in “a constructive and positive atmosphere.”“Discussions focused on the points that were agreed upon in the agenda of the dialogue, including proposals for organizing the work ahead and agreement on a clear timetable that takes into consideration the wishes of the parties to reach a speedy political solution to prevent further security and political deterioration and end the institutional division that threatens the country’s unity,” UNSMIL explained, adding that participants had agreed to continue the dialogue in the coming days. In addition, the Mission noted, participants at the meeting also called on all parties to work towards a “military de-escalation on all fronts” to allow continued dialogue amid a “positive environment.” Libya’s protracted conflict has caused a humanitarian crisis with at least 120,000 people forced to flee their homes, resulting in consequent shortages in both food and medical supplies along with mounting numbers of casualties.A recent burst of violence has further rattled the war-weary nation, in conflict since the beginning of its civil war in 2011, which resulted in the ouster of late Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi.In the eastern city of Benghazi, an uptick in violence has seen 450 people killed since October 2014 as residents continue to face shortages in medical care. Moreover, upwards of 15,000 families – some 90,000 people – have been displaced. read more

Mens tennis Ohio State falls in NCAA semifinals after 42 loss to

Junior Mikael Torpegaard defeated Minnesota’s Matic Spec, 6-4, 6-4 in a match on April 14. Credit: Courtesy of OSU AthleticsThe Ohio State men’s tennis team dropped four singles matches in straight sets, losing to Virginia 4-2. A rain delay halted three matches late, and the No. 3 Buckeyes (33-4) were unable to keep their momentum rolling after the delay, dropping one last singles match and falling to the No. 2 Cavaliers (33-1).The match began with the Buckeyes earning the doubles point by taking two out of three matches, including a narrow 7-6 (6-3) victory for junior Mikael Torpegaard and senior Herkko Pollanen over UVA freshman Carl Soderlund and senior Luca Corinteli.The Buckeyes fell behind early in the score with Pollanen, freshman J.J. Wolf and sophomore Martin Joyce all going down in straight sets. Needing wins from Torpegaard, senior Hugo Di Feo and redshirt freshman Kyle Seelig, the Buckeyes were on the brink of elimination. But Seelig won a break on deuce to stay alive and tie his second set at five games a piece. Di Feo won his second set to force a third set and Torpegaard was headed towards a 6-6 tiebreaker in his third set. With Seelig seeking a break point in his second set down 30-40 in his second set (trailing in games 5-6) and Torpegaard seeking one more point to win his tiebreaker, the match was halted due to rain. When the matches resumed, Torpegaard was able to edge out his opponent and win his match, but Seelig lost the final point of the second set and fell 7-5 to lose his match. Prior to their match against the Cavaliers, the Buckeyes had lost just six points in their run to the NCAA semifinals, including 4-0 sweeps of Butler and Louisville in the first two rounds of the tournament. The Buckeyes end the season as both Big Ten regular season and tournament champions, and went an undefeated 11-0 in conference play. read more

Britains strictest schools first GCSE results are four times better than national

Children get their results at Michaela Community School “If a school is too permissive, allowing too many exceptions, it risks creating helplessness, selfishness or dependence in its pupils rather than responsibility, consideration and agency. If a school reduces its standards for poorer pupils because of their poverty or difficult home life, it does them a disservice; frankly, it doesn’t believe in them enough. ” Children get their results at Michaela Community School Britain’s strictest school has received its first ever GCSE results after opening five years ago – and they are four times better than the national average.At Michaela school in Brent, North London, 18 per cent of exams were graded a 9, compared to 4.5 per cent nationwide. 54 per cent of all exams were graded a 7-9, which is an A or A* under the old system.Headteacher Katharine Birbalsingh has come under criticism in the past for her “strict” methods at the free school, which aim to instill private school-esque order in state school children.The school has a number of unusual rules, including silence in the corridor and it has a strict “no excuses” policy where pupils are given detention for coming to school one minute late.They are also penalised for not completing homework or if the work is scruffy, for not having the correct stationery , or for tutting, rolling eyes, or “persistently turning around in class”.Its policy is based on “tough love”, and the school rules state: “We expect every pupil to move swiftly and in single file lines between lessons, so that children are hardly ever late to lessons. We expect every pupil to greet teachers and guests with eye contact and a polite, cheerful, ‘morning, sir!’ ‘afternoon, miss!’ The teenagers were pleased with their resultsCredit: Eddie Mulholland Tom Bennett, the founder of researchED, added: “I’ve been to this school several times and I’m not surprised by this. It’s a beacon of routine, consistency and professionalism- but what many people don’t see is its commitment to kindness, manners and altruism. There’s a lot to be gained by reflecting on their example” The teenagers were pleased with their results Daniel Hannan MEP, who has supported her free school since its inception, said: “Take a moment to think of what Katharine Birbalsingh  has achieved.”She fought the bureaucracy to establish a free school. Many of her intake came from disadvantaged backgrounds. She put her trust in old-fashioned teaching methods. Now, five years on, this is the result.”The headteacher had previously vowed never to teach in the state sector again and said at the Conservative Party Conference in 2010 that working in the state sector had turned her into a conservative.She said at the time: “In schools and in society, we need high expectations, of everyone, even if you’re black, or live on a council estate – Why can’t they sit exams at the end of the year?”We need to rid the classrooms of chaos by unshackling heads and setting our schools free.” Ms Birbalsingh named the school after her former colleague Michaela Emanus, who died of cancer in 2011.She said after getting her school’s first set of results: “Michaela was my old-school colleague for many years. She believed in rigour, old-fashioned values, in kids being allowed to be kids abd in adults leading the way.”Sadly she died of cancer in 2011. She would have been so proud of our school and what we have achieved.”She posted a video on Twitter of herself celebrating with parents, writing: “Nothing nicer than parents saying, ‘We trusted you and we you did it!’ ‘TOGETHER! I say! We did it TOGETHER!’ Parents matter!!”Suella Braverman MP said: “Huge congratulations to all staff & pupils for AMAZING GCSE results today. We need more schools like Michaela Community School & more teachers like Ms Birbalsingh. Very proud of all you today. We can create more free schools.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more