Photos : The Amber Jo Hill Story.

first_imgAdvertisementAmber Jo Hill born 21 August 1997 in Windsor, Berkshire is an English sports shooter who specializes in skeet.She has won a total of three gold medals in a major international competition, spanning the ISSF World Cup series (2013 and 2015), and the inaugural European Games held in Baku, Azerbaijan. Hill began shooting at the age of ten when she decided to go to the firing range in Binfield. By the age of twelve, Hill had been selected to England’s senior women’s team with a specialty in skeet shooting.In 2013, Hill made her own shooting history by becoming the sport’s youngest ever winner (aged 15) at the ISSF World Cup series.She had also been named the BBC’s Young Sports Personality of the Year.The first being previously awarded to two-time Olympian Elena Allen at the World Championships a year earlier.A few months later she added another title to her career treasury at the World Cup Final in Nicosia, Cyprus, outclassing Thailand’s Sutiya Jiewchaloemmit with a score of 15 to 13 hits.Hill is expected to compete for Team GB’s shooting squad in the women’s skeet at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. She has been selected for England’s Commonwealth Games squad that will head to Australia in April 2018.Picture courtesy – Amber Jo Hill (Instagram)Advertisementlast_img read more

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Didn’t want to be big star at FC Barcelona, motivation is to win new trophies: Neymar

first_imgNeymar, the world’s most expensive footballer, said on Friday money was never the motivating factor in his record 222 million-euro ($264 million) transfer from Barcelona to Paris St Germain.The Brazilian forward told a news conference on his arrival in the French capital that he was motivated by desire for a new challenge and said he wanted to make his debut on Saturday.”I wanted a bigger challenge, and my heart made this decision and I followed my heart,” he told reporters at the Parc des Princes stadium.”Money was never my motivation,” said the player who is reportedly being paid 45 million euros ($53 million) a year.”I want to be happy, and I want my family to be happy. I’m really sad to hear that people think this way.”If it was just about money, I could have gone somewhere else.”Being the most expensive player in the world is not a burden. I weigh 69 kg. I don’t have a burden on me.”Neymar denied that he was tired of playing second-fiddle to Lionel Messi at Barcelona.”It’s not that I wanted to be the big star at Barcelona,” he said”That’s not what I’m looking for here. I’m looking for a new challenge, new trophies, and this is what motivates me.”Club president Nasser Al-Khelaifi, who introduced the player as “an idol for the whole world”, backed up Neymar’s assertion that he could have gone elsewhere for more money.PSG fans may only have to wait a few days to see if their new superstar player is worth the money.advertisement”I can play tomorrow (against Amiens). Why not? I’ll speak to the staff, but I really want to play. I haven’t discussed where I will play. I will play where the coach wants me to.””I only stopped playing in the last two days and I’m hungry to play football.”last_img read more

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After Asian Games first round exit, Sushil asserts he will come back

first_imgBy Amanpreet Singh(Eds: Updating with Sushil quotes) Jakarta, Aug 19 (PTI) Veteran Indian wrestler Sushil Kumar today asserted that his career is far from being over despite a disappointing first round exit from the Asian Games putting a question mark on his future. The two-time Olympic medallist Indian suffered a stunning 3-5 loss in the first qualification round bout against Bahrain’s Adam Batirov in the men’s 74 kg category here. But the 35-year-old, who won a bronze and a silver respectively in the 2008 and 2012 Olympics, said he was determined to make a strong comeback. “It (the defeat) was not expected. The 57 kg world champion was sitting beside me and ‘he said he lost. I told him don’t worry, I have lost lost. It’s part of sport’. I will come back again,” Sushil told reporters. “We can’t be overwhelmed by defeats or victories. It won’t lead you anywhere,” he added. Sushil came into the Asian Games after losing his first bout in four years at Tbilisi Grand prix in Georgia, last month. Though he grabbed his third Commonwealth Games gold in April, the competition at Gold Coast was not a tough one with none of the Asian wrestling power houses in the field. His form was in question and his exemption from the trials was not appreciated by some quarters in country’s wrestling circle. Now 35, Sushil lost steam against Batirov in the second period. He was trailing but neither he had the energy nor the power to turn the tables on his rival, who is the brother of two-time Russian Olympic champion Mavlet Batirov.advertisement Asked if he is losing stamina with age, Sushil dismissed the suggestion. “No, If I was losing stamina, I would not have lasted full time. I would have been defeated earlier. I was not passive. I am a ‘tapasvi’. I am enjoying my game, I am not tired. The day I get tired I will tell you,” he said. Sushil was not aggressive enough in his bout but he defended his tactics. “It was not a slow start. If I am leading, I can’t attack much. I made a mistake by attacking him later on when I just needed to defend. I am playing a big event after four years, that is why there were small mistakes. “I did not play many big events in four years. There was not much time between CWG and Asian Games, so I could not play better tournaments to prepare. This is the only reason for today’s defeat,” he added. The World Championship is approaching and Sushil said he will plan for it. “The Asian Championship is like World Championship. Olympic champions are from Asia. I am not sure if I will go to Georgia for training or not,” said Sushil. Wrestling Federation India President Brij Bhushan Sharan, who is also India’s Chef de Mission, said Sushil was the best option in 74kg and the WFI has no regrets in exempting him from trials. “If we had not given him a chance, then also there would have been questions. We had to give him this chance. He is our best wrestler in this category,” Sharan said. Meanwhile, there were murmurs that Sushil might have played his last multi-sporting event. A source in the WFI said Sushil may not be picked for World Championship and there is a possibility that he himself makes way for some other wrestler in this category. “Look, he is ageing. He is still fighting and that is also laudable. You never know if he skips World Championship on his own,” the source said on condition of anonymity. PTI AT PDSPDSlast_img read more

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Guardiola dismisses CL favourites tag

first_imgUEFA Champions League Guardiola dismisses Champions League favourites tag Dejan Kalinic Last updated 1 year ago 10:11 11/21/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Pep Guardiola - cropped Getty Images UEFA Champions League Manchester City Manchester City v Feyenoord Feyenoord Guardiola The manager appreciates Manchester City being placed among Europe’s elite, but he reminded his team they had achieved nothing yet Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola played down suggestions his team are favourites to win the Champions League.City are unbeaten in 18 matches in all competitions this season, holding an eight-point lead atop the Premier League and having already qualified for the last 16 in the Champions League.Ahead of hosting Feyenoord on Tuesday, Guardiola said it was nice for his side to be placed among Europe’s elite — but he said they had plenty of work still to do. Article continues below Editors’ Picks 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. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player “For Manchester City, a team that still needs a history in Europe, that is a big win,” the Spaniard said.”That doesn’t mean we are favourites to win the Champions League, but it’s nice.”It means we are doing some things very well. But obviously, people usually say the favourite teams are FC Barcelona, Bayern Munich, Real Madrid and others.”People putting us there is a big honour but that does not mean we have done anything because we haven’t. Manchester City still have a big history to build in Europe.”With City having won all four Group F matches ahead of facing a point-less Feyenoord, Guardiola plans to rotate his squad for Tuesday’s clash.The former Barcelona and Bayern Munich coach believes a testing period awaits his side, who have 12 matches to play before the end of the year.”We don’t have a big squad. It is a big pity we lost a month-and-a-half of Vincent Kompany and now John Stones,” Guardiola said.”To win the titles we need all the squad, especially important players like John and Vinny.”On the other side, we have an opportunity. We have to play 12 games in a short space of time with only three central defenders and one of them is a risk in Vincent, [who is] only just back.”last_img read more

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Spectre of retirement will drive James DeGale to overcome Chris Eubank Jr

first_imgHistory is crowding in on James DeGale, whose long boxing career has been garlanded with titles and cursed by ill-health, and he will be driven by the spectre of retirement to overcome Chris Eubank Jr at the O2 Arena in south-east London on Saturday night. Chris Eubank ‘petrified’ son will lose must-win fight against James DeGale Reuse this content Theirs was a clash of personality: the analytical and detached approach of Groves rubbing up against the more emotional psyche of DeGale.DeGale was in similarly edgy mood at the final press conference this week, probing for weak points in Eubank’s makeup, with his adversary giving as good as he got. As should be the case in the fight, there was nothing in it. All three thrive on the psychology of boxing. It’s done for Groves now, but there is life left in the business for the winner on Saturday night, including a world title to parlay into more money, but the assertion by both of them that defeat will lead to the exit door is less nailed on.If DeGale loses, certainly he will wonder, at 33, if he can ever get back to the level that delivered him an Olympic gold medal in Beijing and two world titles. Indeed, his co-opted assistant, Paulie Malignaggi, was honest enough to admit this. And McDonnell, himself a former European champion, was adamant he would advise him to retire if he lost. Then again, if the fight is a thrilling affair with the result disputed, the temptation to have a rematch will be considerable. Anthony Joshua brushes off Jarrell Miller testosterone claims before fight Sign up to The Recap, our weekly email of editors’ picks. Read more … we have a small favour to ask. More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many new organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. As Groves told Boxing News: “Eubank had really built up this thing that had gone on [in sparring] but he must have had a lot of arguments when I wasn’t there, when I’d left the gym. He never spoke once when we used to spar. We’d have sparring sessions and he’d be good work but he was a paid sparring partner.“If I didn’t show up, he’d swarm me and I’d have a bad spar. Then the next week I’d have breakfast on time, get to the gym on time and switch on and he wouldn’t lay a glove on me and I’d punch him from pillar to post. That happened a few times. He was riding a wave of his own hype.”As for DeGale, there is no chance of Groves coming out of retirement for a rematch with the fighter he beat in 2011. “He has taken the Eubank fight thinking he can fight me next, and he can’t; that ship has sailed. That fight was never going to happen because he was such a nightmare to deal with. The goalposts were always moving. I’m happy to miss out on the payday – as long as he loses it as well.”There’s always a pay-off punch in this business; the hostility between them never properly waned. DeGale lands a right on Caleb Truax during his win over the American last year. Photograph: Sam Wasson/Getty Images Facebook Share via Email Pinterest Since you’re here… Read more Share on LinkedIn Boxing Share on Facebook Topics Defeat for Eubank, who is four years younger, would be a setback but not, as he is selling it, the time to walk away. He is young in terms of energy expended and punishment taken, and there are places for him to go. It is, after all, his job. If he looks at the alternatives, he might easily be persuaded to change his mind. Share on Pinterest features Twitter James DeGale Share on Messenger Share on Twitter Share on WhatsApp The most obvious prize is the IBO’s vacant super-middleweight belt, a minor trinket, but the bigger achievement for both fighters is to remain employed in the industry when the lights are lowered. It is a classic contest between the gnarled veteran and the hustling younger man – although only by four years and, quirkily, Eubank has squeezed in one more bout in eight years as a pro – 29 – than DeGale’s 28 over nine years.DeGale’s long-time friend and trainer, Jim McDonnell, conceded that “down the line” his fighter might be vulnerable against a quality opponent but added: “Right now James DeGale is at a different level to Chris Eubank Jr. Boxing is a skill, and James has got it. Chris has got all the willpower, but he hasn’t got the skill James DeGale has got.” That is a fair call.They share a common conqueror, George Groves, who retired after Callum Smith stopped him in seven rounds last September, and who is uniquely placed to judge their strengths and weaknesses. He was intrigued, for instance, to hear Eubank say he got the better of DeGale in training when they sparred several years ago.DeGale, who weighed in at 166lbs, one below his opponent, naturally denies Eubank’s claims that he “schooled him”, and Groves would seem to take the side of a fighter from whom he never had much affection, even when sharing facilities at the Dale Youth boxing club as teenage amateurs. He remembers Eubank from other sparring sessions. Support The Guardianlast_img read more

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New South Wales leave it late in women’s open

first_imgBy BEN HARRISNew South Wales led only once in the first game of the women’s open and it was at the time when it counted the most.The women in blue got some revenge from their 2012 series defeat when they defeated Queensland 6-5 at Sunshine Coast Stadium on Friday night.The two sides were never far away from each other, in fact you would have thought they were identical in many aspects.Only a touchdown separated the pair throughout the entire match.Queensland had a chance to send the match into drop-off when New South Wales player Kristen Boss found herself forced-subbed, and with a one woman advantage for the final 10 seconds, Queensland could not score the much-needed touchdown.It was a thrilling end to an entertaining match.It took seven minutes for the first touchdown to be scored, which came courtesy of Savannah Pratten for Queensland.New South Wales captain Louise Winchester showed her experience when she darted through a gap to even the scores a short time later.Queensland took a 2-1 lead into half-time when Kate McCarthy scored.While it was tight in the first half, both teams broke free of their shackles in the second half as they went touchdown for touchdown.Four touchdowns had been scored in as many minutes.Another two touchdowns for both teams and Queensland held a 5-4 lead with 10 minutes to go.Both teams were good in attack but even better in defence as any touchdown-scoring opportunity was foiled by some desperate touches on the line.But two long balls by New South Wales led to touchdowns.The first was thrown by Danielle Davis to Samantha Rodgers.The second was a superb right-to-left pass by Jessica McCall to Elisabeth Hewitt, which put New South Wales into the lead for the first time.It proved to be decisive as New South Wales held on for the win.NEW SOUTH WALES 6 (Samantha Rodgers 2, Louise Winchester 2, Yasmin Meakes, Elisabeth Hewitt touchdowns) def QUEENSLAND 5 (Savannah Pratten, Brooke Walker, Shenae Ciesiolka, Kim Sue See, Kate McCarthy touchdowns). HT: QLD 2-1; NSW lead division 1-0.There are plenty of ways to keep up-to-date with all of the latest results, news and information from the 2014 State of Origin. The Touch Football Australia and State of Origin websites will be updated regularly throughout the event with all of the latest information and can be found by clicking on the links below: www.soo.mytouchfooty.com www.touchfootball.com.au All of Touch Football Australia’s social media pages will be regularly updated throughout the NYC event, so be sure to ‘like’ and ‘follow’ us by clicking on the links below. Facebook – www.facebook.com/touchfootballaustralia Twitter – www.twitter.com/touchfootyaus (be sure to use the hashtag #soo2014) Instagram – www.instagram.com/touchfootballaustralia (be sure to use the hashtag #soo2014) The TFA YouTube channel will also have highlights and live games streamed throughout the event. Please click on the link below to be taken to the channel, and be sure to become a subscriber to the channel – www.youtube.com/touchfootballausPlease note, the link for the Open’s games by television production company, Power Productions – https://new.livestream.com/powerproductions/2014stateoforiginseriesRelated LinksSOO Women’s openlast_img read more

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a month agoArsenal boss Emery takes squad out for ‘unity’ dinner

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Arsenal boss Emery takes squad out for ‘unity’ dinnerby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal boss Unai Emery is demanding unity from his players.The Sun says he ordered Arsenal players to show “solidarity” to the outside world during a team dinner called straight after the Watford debacle.Gunners stars dined at trendy Mayfair restaurant Novikov with the management following their catastrophic defensive performance in the 2-2 draw at Vicarage Road.In an attempt to salvage team spirit, under-pressure boss Emery told his squad that the critics were watching for their reaction.The Spaniard ordered them to put on a united front — despite huge cracks and factions developing within the dressing room.Emery wants to portray the image that the players all get on and are a tightly-knit unit.But that could not be further from the truth after skipper Granit Xhaka claimed Arsenal’s players were “scared”.According to Arsenal insiders, there is a lack of discipline at the club and Emery has struggled to exert any authority over an unruly dressing room. last_img read more

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MUSICAL THEATRE TEACHER BEING REMEMBERED IN TORONTO FOR NURTURING TALENTS OF MANY

first_img Facebook Paul Aikins, longtime musical theatre teacher at Etobicoke School of the Arts, died on the weekend. Family, friends and students are paying tribute to him on social media. (Facebook) A beloved musical theatre teacher who died suddenly on the weekend is being remembered for nurturing the talents of many young people at an arts high school in Toronto.Paul Aikins, 54, a teacher and director in the musical theatre department at the Etobicoke School of the Arts (ESA), died on Saturday.In a message on the school website, ESA principal Grant Fawthrop said the school is “grief-stricken” by the news of Aikins’ death. ESA is a specialized public arts-academic high school. Advertisement Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment center_img “Paul’s impact at ESA, our music theatre program, and its many students was enormous. This loss to our community hurts deeply and it will for sometime,” Fawthrop writes.Aikins worked at ESA for the past 20 years and was a department head for 10 years. He was artistic director of the school’s show choir Splash, named national grand champions five times.‘He did what he taught and he taught what he did’Heather Bambrick, a jazz vocalist, performer and educator, described Aikins as a “powerhouse” in an interview on CBC Radio’s Metro Morning. Aikins, her friend and colleague, was “driven” and “fun-loving,” she said. Login/Register With: Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more

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TSX advances amid strong US housing data weak Chinese profit outlook

The Toronto stock market advanced Wednesday as commodity prices moved higher amid further evidence of a slow housing recovery in the U.S.Traders also looked to a report of a deteriorating business climate in China, a second day of testimony before Congress by U.S. Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke and the release of the central bank’s so-called Beige Book, its regional study of economic conditions.The S&P/TSX composite index edged up 26.98 points to 11,598.17 while the TSX Venture Exchange added 3.34 points to 1,180.09.The Canadian dollar was up 0.02 of a cent at 98.78 cents US ahead of the release of the Bank of Canada’s Monetary Policy Report and a news conference by bank governor Mark Carney.The bank on Tuesday opted to leave interest rates unchanged at one per cent while again indicating that rates will rise in the future. It followed that up with a policy report that says the Canadian economic recovery is struggling to retain forward momentum.U.S. markets turned higher as American builders broke ground on the most new homes and apartments in nearly four years last month.The U.S. Commerce Department says that housing starts rose 6.9 per cent in June from May to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 760,000, which beat expectations of 743,000. At the same time, the number of permits to build homes, a sign of future construction, fell 3.7 per cent to 755,000. But that’s down from May’s three-and-a-half-year high.The Dow Jones industrial average climbed 20.17 points to 12,825.71. The Nasdaq composite index was ahead 20.85 points to 2,930.89 and the S&P 500 index was up 3.6 points to 1,367.27.At the same time, some of China’s biggest corporations are warning of profit declines nearing 80 per cent.On Wednesday, Air China Ltd., one of three huge, government-owned airlines, warned that profit for the first half of the year will fall by at least half from a year earlier. State-owned ZTE Corp., one of the world’s biggest producers of telecommunications equipment, is projecting a decline of up to 80 per cent.Chinese leaders are trying to pull China out of its deepest slowdown since the 2008 crisis. Forecasters say the slowdown might have bottomed out after growth fell to a three-year low of 7.6 per cent in the second quarterThe TSX energy sector was up about 0.5 per cent as the August crude contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange gained 17 cents to US$89.39 a barrel. Canadian Natural Resources (TSX:CNQ) climbed 85 cents to $28.16.The base metals group was also ahead about 0.5 per cent as copper prices gained a penny to US$3.46 a pound. Ivanhoe Mines (TSX:IVN) improved by 20 cents to $8.48.Tech stocks also advanced as Research In Motion Ltd. (TSX:RIM) was ahead nine cents to $7.11 and CGI Group (TSX:GIB.A) climbed 21 cents to $23.87.Financials were also positive as Scotiabank (TSX:BNS) rose 32 cents to $52.37.The consumer staples sector was the leading percentage gainer, up 0.65 per cent as convenience store chain Alimentation Couche Tard (TSX:ATD.B) gained $1.07 to $48.99.The gold sector was the weakest component, down 1.25 per cent as gold faded $11.40 to US$1,578.10 an ounce. Goldcorp Inc. (TSX:G) gave back 87 cents to $33.23.On the earnings front, fertilizer company Agrium Inc. (TSX:AGU) said that it is expecting record earnings for the second quarter. The Calgary-based firm said earnings will be in the range of $5.40 to $5.50 diluted earnings per share while first half earnings will come in at a range of $6.72 to $6.82 per share. Agrium said the revised estimates are about 15 per cent higher than previously announced. Its stock moved up $2.70 to $96.61.Shares in Intel Corp., the world’s largest chipmaker, shook off early weakness to move up 58 cents to $25.96 after it said Tuesday after the close that the weak global economy is slowing its growth, and revenue for the current quarter is likely to come in below forecasts. Intel’s second-quarter net income was US$2.83 billion, or 54 cents per share, down 4.3 per cent from a year earlier, as operating expenses rose faster than revenue. Net income beat forecasts by two cents.There was further good news from the American financial sector Wednesday. Bank of America swung to a profit of US$2.1 billion or 19 cents a share in the second quarter, much better than a year ago when the bank reported it lost $9.1 billion when it paid $8.5 billion to settle claims from investors who had bought its mortgages or mortgage-backed bonds. The investors said they had been misled about the mortgages’ quality. Earnings beat analyst estimates of 16 cents a share but its stock dipped 11 cents to US$7.81.European bourses were positive with London’s FTSE 100 index up 0.52 per cent, Frankfurt’s DAX gained 0.8 per cent and the Paris CAC 40 ran up 1.41 per cent.Earlier in Asia, Hong Kong’s Hang Seng fell 1.1 per cent, South Korea’s Kospi dropped 1.5 per cent, Japan’s Nikkei 225 shed 0.3 per cent while China’s Shanghai Composite Index gained 0.4 per cent.Elsewhere in corporate news, the Holloway Lodging investment trust (TSX:HLR.UN) says it’s not going to accept any of the three strategic deals offered to it over recent months. The Halifax-based hotel operator says its board has determined that none of the offers is satisfactory. It says, however, it would be open to a strategic deal that maximizes Holloway’s value for its unitholders. Its units fell 44 cents to $3.56. read more

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Chinese woman drowns in Weligama sea

According to the police, the Chinese woman was in serious condition when she was admitted to hospital and had passed away later. A Chinese woman died in hospital after drowning in the Weligama beach last evening, the police media unit said.The police said that the 33 year old woman was taken to the Matara hospital after she had been rescued while drowning in the Weligama sea.

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TimorLeste faces food shortages – UN report

The report warns that the world’s newest country will need 14,000 tons of food to cover shortages through the so-called lean period from October 2003 to March 2004. Although it expects to purchase 48,000 tons of rice on the international market, the country needs to import 62,000 tons.WFP and FAO sent a joint mission to Timor-Leste for three weeks in April at the request of the Government, which was concerned at the after-effects of the El-Niño-related drought phenomenon. The team reported that one of the “coping mechanisms” for Timorese was to eat rodents, cats, dogs, horses and seeds. Locals have also resorted to logging rainforests illegally to sell firewood and to pulling their children out of school. read more

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Ohio State football coach Urban Meyer has short medical procedure still set

OSU coach Urban Meyer stands during a game against Iowa Oct. 19 at Ohio Stadium. OSU won, 34-24.Credit: Shelby Lum / Photo editorOhio State football coach Urban Meyer had what is being called “a short medical procedure” this past weekend to remove fluid related to a congenital arachnoid cyst, according to a press release.The procedure, done at the OSU Wexner Medical Center, was done to help alleviate pain from headaches Meyer has been experiencing the past few weeks, according to release.Meyer is “doing well” post-procedure and is set to be on the field Tuesday when the Buckeyes open spring practice.The cyst was first found in 1998 when Meyer was the coach at Notre Dame, according to the release.An arachnoid cyst typically develops in the head but can also be present around the spinal cord, and is named such because it happens in the area between the brain and the arachnoid membrane — one of three membrane layers surrounding the brain and spine.If it occurs in the head, the cyst will grow between the brain and skull or in pockets around the brain called ventricles.This is latest in a line of medical issues that have ailed Meyer throughout his coaching career, including when he was admitted to the hospital in the early morning on Dec. 6, 2009 while he was coach at Florida after the Gators lost to Alabama in the SEC Championship Game, 32-13.Even though he was rushed to the hospital, Meyer returned to the field Jan. 1, 2010 to lead the Gators to a 51-24 victory against Cincinnati in the Allstate Sugar Bowl.Meyer announced he would step down as the Gators’ head coach following the loss to Alabama, but remained on the sidelines for the 2010 season.Florida went 7-5 that season, and Meyer saw issues with his health again, which ultimately led to him stepping down for good. He had a recurring burning sensation in his chest, and doctors told him in December 2010 that he would raise cardiovascular risk factors if he continued to coach, according to espn.com.Meyer took the following year off and became a college football analyst for ESPN, before taking the reigns at OSU prior to the 2012 season.The Buckeyes are set to take on Navy in their first game of 2014 at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore. Kickoff is set for noon. read more

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PPPC worried Speaker will bury motion to reduce VAT

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedHouse Speaker receives several complaints of MPs breaching privilegesMay 4, 2016In “Politics”Teixeira roasts House Speaker …says Opposition “disturbed” by process of decision-making and reaction to MPsMarch 3, 2016In “latest news”PPP MP to face Committee of Privileges after publicly calling for Speaker to be impartialJuly 30, 2018In “latest news” The People’s Progressive Party (PPP) is worried that the Speaker of the National Assembly, Dr Barton Scotland, will subvert a motion by the political Opposition, to among other things, reduce the rate of the Value Added Tax from 14 to 12 per cent.Opposition Chief Whip, Gail TeixeiraThe warning bell was sounded by the Opposition Chief Whip Gail Teixeira, who was addressing members of the local business community at the Guyana Business Summit.Teixeira, who was at the time delivering an address on behalf of Opposition Leader Dr Bharrat Jagdeo, said while the PPP has already delivered its motion to the Clerk of the National Assembly, the members were not too optimistic.She indicated that most of the 124 measures outlined as concerns by the business sector were in fact included in the motion sent to Parliament on Monday last – two days before the opening of the Business Summit.Teixeira warned however that given the track record of the Speaker and Government in the National Assembly, the Opposition was not confident that the motion would even be heard this year.She told the business community that the next sitting of the National Assembly should be Private Members Day, often referred to as the ‘Opposition Day’.Speaker of the National Assembly Dr Barton ScotlandAccording to Teixeira, should the Opposition business not be given priority at the next sitting, then it is very likely that the demands of the Opposition would not be heard until sometime next year.Finance Minister Winston Jordan is slated to present to the National Assembly the Budget for 2018.The Finance Minister on Monday last announced that there would be no new taxes in Budget 2018, but the Opposition members contended that the 200 new taxes alone that were imposed in the last budget were currently costing Guyanese $10 billion in disposable income.According to a draft copy of the motion seen by this publication, there has been a marked effect on the business community, “there is a marked reduction in the overall demand for goods and services”.The motion attributed this marked reduction to the reduced disposable income, “dwindling sugar and forestry sectors that employ in excess of 40,000 persons directly, the downsizing of many businesses and reduction in investment in agriculture”. read more

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Brian ODriscoll You have to feel those disappointments to appreciate it fully

first_imgTHE STAR-STRUCK BENETTON TREVISO defence has a lot to answer for.It took a typical Brian O’Driscoll spark of genius to turn a valedictory season into plans to loan out the Irish captain to the British & Irish Lions as long as we got him back in one piece for an assault on the 2015 World Cup.Never mind the fact that the O’Driscoll is nearing his 34th birthday, contributing to a post-retirement biography and declaring that he is not looking beyond Christmas, let alone next May, before making any calls on his playing future.One pick-and-go burst through the Treviso defence and O’Driscoll was the man. He did little to ease the hysteria with a superb try against Munster last Saturday.Inevitably, with Joe Schmidt signing on until summer 2014, talk turns to O’Driscoll keeping him company a while longer.“When the time comes,” he told TheScore.ie, “I am sure it will have some bearing alright but trust me it is October and I have played three games so I will worry about those sort of decisions in 2013.”With 30 fixtures, including some wishful Leinster thinking, remaining on the calendar, the Dubliner has plenty to keep his mind occupied.Different final, different year, same postal addressWith Exeter Chiefs, Llanelli Scarlets and Clermont Auvergne considered by many to be steep steps, but steps nonetheless, on the ladder, talk has turned to Leinster making it three-in-a-row at the Aviva Stadium next May.O’Driscoll is one of three Leinster players (the others being Gordon D’Arcy and Leo Cullen) that were 80 minutes away from the 2003 final at Lansdowne Road. He remembers it well:Obviously we had a home semi-final against Perpignan. I remember going off with around 20 minutes to go with a torn hamstring. We weren’t going well at any stage in the game but it was difficult watching the last 20 minutes as the lead slipped away.“We just weren’t good enough to win it that year. Sometimes you have to feel those disappointments to appreciate it fully when it did eventually come around six years later.”Six years later the pain receded, and further Heineken Cup wins in 2011 and 2012 definitely helped, but it has not diminished O’Driscoll’s ‘incredible’ desire to win the cup in Dublin.“Since we won in ’09 it’s not a case of starting out trying to retain it, it’s a case of trying to win it again,” he commented.“We might have the trophy until the week of the final, but, in essence, from this weekend on you’re trying to regain it again. It’s such a brilliant competition and it’s so hard to win that each year gets bigger and bigger and more and more exciting.”Five minute wondersExeter arrive at the RDS tomorrow, in the words of winger Ian Whitten, looking to give Leinster a real rattle.O’Driscoll is aware of the Premiership wins that the Chiefs have recorded so far this season and believes, without having the best chances of knockout qualification, they are capable of causing some shocks.The reigning champions trained hard for their encounter with Munster but further injury blows have led to less than perfect preparations ahead of Saturday’s clash.“There was a bit more physical stuff done and it probably got us ready for (Munster) at the weekend a little better. You can’t do it that every week. Particularly with the injury list we’re looking at at the moment, you’re inviting more injuries during training.” He added:The five minutes you might do in a week has to be up to high intensity. Get the quality done and then you have to park that for the weekend.“You don’t go from conceding a bonus point (against Connacht) to beating one of the other provinces and thinking everything’s perfect.”Brian O’Driscoll with the Ultimate Rugby App at the Aviva Stadium.The big revealFor every stunning try in the back catalogue, and there are many, there have been examples of O’Driscoll putting his body on the line for the cause and the calling – witness the hit on Danie Roussow for the Lions in 2009.All Black captain Richie McCaw, just a week into his six-month rugby sabbatical, revealed that he had masked injuries to compete for club and country at crucial moments in the past decade. O’Driscoll nods his head when TheScore.ie proposes that it is hardly the revelation of the year.Some players react differently to (injuries). Some guys like to play when they are near 100% fit and won’t play if they’re not. A lot of guys never play 100% fit. Yeah, you can tell, it tends to be the very mentality tough guys that are able to. I can see it in the guys in the squads that I’ve been involved in. Guys that are capable of playing through serious discomfort.“Sometimes it is about striking the balance,” he adds. “If you’re 80% fit but you feel as though you’re doing a better job than someone else who is 100% fit, then you have to make that call for the team’s sake, not just your own selfish point of view – wanting to be involved in a game.“I think you have to be capable of making that balance.”With shoulder stingers a niggle of the past, O’Driscoll is back lifting weights, challenging all-comers at Leinster to table tennis matches and ‘living vicariously’ through the younger squad members.He knows that his playing career will wind down soon and he trusts those around him, and his own judgement, to know the season that is one too many.With Paul Kimmage lined up to assist with the impending autobiography, are there good stories O’Driscoll may be holding back?“There might be one or two things,” he replies with a grin.*Brian O’Driscoll was speaking at the launch of Ultimate Rugby App. – a one-stop-shop for players and fans covering 3,000 Northern and Southern Hemisphere matches each season and available from iTunes or www.UltimateRugby.com.Healy to make 100th Leinster appearance against Exeter ChiefsHere are our writers’ predictions for this year’s Heineken Cuplast_img read more

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Chinese builders erect 30story building in 15 days

first_imgIt doesn’t matter where you live in the world, new buildings are going to be erected on a regular basis. Either to replace old ones that have been demolished, or as part of a new housing, business, or entertainment development. Also dependent on where you live is how quickly construction happens. It can take months to years depending on the size, type, and number of buildings.Whatever the reason and purpose of construction, the faster a building can go up, the cheaper it is to erect, and the sooner it can be used to generate revenue for the owner. In China, the construction company Broad Group seems to have perfected a rapid build system, to the point where they can construct a new 30-story tower block in just 15 days.As the video below demonstrates, the trick to this speed is using prefabricated sections and working all 24 hours of the day. Even so, the finished building, in this case a hotel, is impressive. As well as providing rooms for hundreds of guests, the hotel is designed to withstand a magnitude 9 earthquake and has insulated, automated 4-panel windows that help to filter out bright sunlight. Air quality in China’s largest cities is an issue, but Broad Group have solved that problem too by installing an air filtration system for every room that improves air purity 20x. Even if there’s dense smog outside, inside the hotel guests will be breathing easy. It’s also very energy efficient, uses a heat recovery system, and it looks as though the central shaft used for the crane becomes the elevator shaft. Very clever.Read more at Singularity Hublast_img read more

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Eclipse glasses sold at Vancouver Eye Care part of recall

first_imgVancouver – Some of the eclipse glasses sold at Vancouver Eye Care locations across Clark County may not be safe to use.The eye clinics sold the glasses to patients and community members. One batch of glasses sold — the Soluna and Sun Catcher brands — meet safety standards. The second batch, however, was included in the recall issued last week by Amazon.The glasses that have not been confirmed to be safe for use are orange and black Eclipse USA glasses. Anyone with those glasses can return them to any Vancouver Eye Care location for a replacement, while supplies last. Once replacement glasses are gone, the clinic will issue full refunds.Vancouver Eye Care contacted more than 3,700 patients who had appointments at its clinics during the time the glasses were sold.If you’re unsure whether your eclipse glasses are OK to use, check out the American Astronomical Society website, https://eclipse.aas.org/resources/solar-filters.last_img read more

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Crystal Palace manager reflects on Leicester City latest tragedy

first_imgCrystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson during his pre-match press conference reflected on Leicester City tragedy that happened in October as the two clubs face each other on Saturday.He was asked about how Leicester as a club felt about the death of their chairman Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha and five others, and he responded as quoted by Crystal Palace official website:“They have done very well. It must be a very difficult situation for them.Joel Ward, Crystal PalaceHow Joe Ward thanks his faith for his football Manuel R. Medina – September 13, 2019 Crystal Palace defender, Joel Ward, has thanked his Christian faith for helping him play football professionally and he explains why.“The whole football world, myself and Crystal Palace Football Club included, our hearts went out to them and they had every bit of empathy that we’re capable of giving. But they’ve dealt with it extremely well. I think the other clubs where they’ve gone to play have dealt with the situation well.“One can only hope that the grieving process is well on its way and they will have to come to terms with the loss of someone very, very important to them as a club.”Leicester face Crystal Palace in London at Selhurst Park on Saturdaylast_img read more

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Illegal Sloop Intercepted

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, January 6, 2017 –  A motorized wooden boat from Haiti was intercepted at approximately 11:30 am on Thursday 5th January 2017 at 23 miles South East of Providenciales. The vessel was spotted by officers of the Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force- Marine Branch.The 25-foot yellow and blue boat powered by one engine and sail were escorted to the South Dock port where officials from various Police units, Border Control, and other Government and Non-Government agencies were on hand to assist with the processing of these individuals. There were 84 souls on board consisting of (seventy (70) males and fourteen (14) females).  All 84 persons were later transported to the Detention Centre for further processing and detention.  A search for illegal drugs and firearms were conducted on the sloop, but nothing was found.The communities of the Turks and Caicos Islands are encouraged to contact law enforcement with any information concerning the whereabouts of any illegal migrants or on pending sloop arrivals. #MagneticNewsMedia#illegalHaitians Related Items:#illegalHaitians, #MagneticNewsMedia TCI Premier blasts Opposition side for “slop” information, sets it straight in HOA Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppcenter_img Nearly 30 Haitians caught following illegal landing in Nassau, says Defence Force Recommended for you Stealth mode for Operation Guardian, TCI Governor keeping Nat’l Security secretslast_img read more

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DVV Media International acquires Centaur Medias HR titles and events

first_imgGlobal publishing organisation DVV Media International has acquired Centaur Human Resources (CHR), a division of Centaur Media that owns websites, exhibitions and events in the HR sector, including Employee Benefits. The CHR portfolio, now owned by DVV Media International, features market-leading reward and benefits website Employee Benefits, as well as its three annual industry events: Employee Benefits Live, a two-day exhibition and conference, Employee Benefits Connect, a one-day conference for senior HR professionals, and the Employee Benefits Awards and Summer Party, celebrating best practice across the industry.The acquisition also includes the Forum for Expatriate Management, a worldwide community for global mobility professionals, and its confex and awards events across the US, Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) and Asia Pacific (APAC).The acquisition will strengthen DVV Media International’s current multimedia HR and recruitment offering, which includes Personnel Today, Personnel Today Awards, Personnel Today Jobs, Occupational Health and Wellbeing, WhatMedia and the RAD Awards.Andy Salter (pictured), managing director at DVV Media International, said: “This is a very significant acquisition for our business. Building on the strength of our existing Personnel Today brand, the new additions to the portfolio substantially increase our offering to the HR and recruiter services sector.“Both Employee Benefits and the Forum for Expatriate Management have a powerful reputation. This is a perfect fit and we are looking forward to working with the new teams to develop our portfolio further.”Kavitha Sivasubramaniam, editor at Employee Benefits, added: “Employee Benefits is a strong brand within the industry and an essential source of information and solutions for the HR sector. The move to DVV Media International gives the entire CHR portfolio the opportunity to strengthen and develop further.”Staff employed at CHR are expected to remain with the business and will operate out of DVV Media International’s central London office.Harrison Clark Rickerby gave legal support to DVV Media International, and financial advice was provided by Kingston Smith.last_img read more

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