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first_imgQ) What is your reason for coming couple of days ahead of Q) What is your reason for coming couple of days ahead of others? A) The coach (Zeeshan Ali) and the captain (Anand Amritraj) said, that earlier you come, the better it is. Getting used to the heat and the conditions. Hopefully, it works as an advantage as it is going to be a tough tie. Q) You have enjoyed great results in Delhi. You have not lost here in years. How hopeful you are continue your incredible record? A) Thats one of the reasons that we chose this venue. Me and Yuki both have lot of success on this court particularly. Hopefully, the home court helps us. The weather seems to be shaping great for the Indians, hopefully it remains like this. We have given ourselves a chance. Q) What makes this venue so special for you? A) Its combination of lot of things. To be honest, everytime I come here, I feel different. May be its luck, maybe its winning key points here and there. Something about this place makes very comfortable. In the past, that is how it has been. I hope it continues. This tie, I am going to do everything I can. Q) The absence of Tomas Berdych should work to India?s advantage. A) Its a huge boost. The guy is a top player single-handedly, he won the Davis Cup twice for Czech Republic, playing singles on Friday, doubles on Saturday and the singles on Sunday. The guy is really done it. Not having having him, hurts them a lot. Let?s hope that it works in our advantage. Q) Do you know that Czechs are a bit worried about your record here. Lukas Rosol was mentioning it in an interview? A) Wow! I did not know that they are aware about that. Its good (that they know). We will give visitors a good fight. Q) Rosol is not the same player, who beat Rafael Nadal two years back. Do you think, India can attack him more? A) He is still ranked higher than both of us. He won a round in the US Open as well. Not too long ago the guy was seeded in the Slams. Hes a tough guy to attack. He has got a huge serve, huge forehand and a huge backhand. He hits the ball big. Its tough to play against these guys on your terms. Q) Did you know Jiri Vesley is yet to win a live singles rubber in Davis Cup? A) Thats news to us. I never knew that. Hopefully that continues (laughs). Q) Yuki today won a Challenger in Shanghai. Thats good for India. A) He is in great form. During New Zealand tie, the guy really upped his game. He played world class tennis. The only people who saw was us. Even after that he went to States and made two semis before the US Open and even there lost a very close three-setter to a pretty good player, Nishioka. He is ready to make a huge leap in his career. He is ready to break top-100 in my opinion. He is working hard. Hats off to him, huge morale booster for us with him coming in with a Challenge win. He is sharp and winning close matches. Q) Davis Cup has often brought the best out of you. Hoping for the same in this tie? A) Last year something similar happened. I played a good rubber against Serbia. I love playing Davis Cup, I love playing the five-set format. Playing at home and in Delhi is. Its going to be tough but I am going to fight for every point. PTI AT KHS KHSadvertisementlast_img read more

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England vs India: Newbie Prithvi Shaw gears up for his India debut in style

first_imgAdvertisement AdvertisementImage Courtesy: The HinduThe inclusion of 19-year-old Prithvi Shaw in the test squad in place of Murali Vijay for the remaining fixtures was a huge call made by the selectors. The youngster has been thriving in the domestic circuit for a while and the selection seemed imminent after a strong performance in the IPL as well.Shaw, touted as the next big thing in Indian cricket has been the subject of talk ever since his days as a junior cricketer where he has managed to shatter several records to gain the notice of the world.As the gates for the biggest platform set to open soon, the BCCI posted a clip of the Under-19 World Cup winning captain gearing up for practice in his kit at the Ageas Bowl in Southampton. Here is the tweet posted by the BCCI.Young @PrithviShaw gearing up for the nets session here at The Ageas Bowl.#ENGvIND pic.twitter.com/p5DdaReDrJ— BCCI (@BCCI) August 27, 2018The shambolic display by the openers so far in the tour forced the selectors to dig deep for an additional opener in the form of the 19-year-old. While current openers KL Rahul and Shikhar Dhawan showed a promising display at Trent Bridge, a shuffle could be on the cards with Shaw being in a rich vein of form.The Delhi Daredevils’ southpaw seemed at ease in England en route to an entertaining knock of 62 in the first innings for India A against the England Lions at Worcester a while ago.As India heads into a minor transition phase through the inclusion of Rishabh Pant, Prithvi Shaw and Hanuma Vihari, it is up to the young guns to cement their spot in the line-up with the competition getting tougher than ever.With Shaw stepping into the toughest phase of his career, his constant hard work and determination which has got him so far will be vital for his progress at the highest stage.Read Also:Cricket: This is why Ravichandran Ashwin is the best spinner in TestsVirat Kohli reminisces Rakshabandhan with a throwback picturelast_img read more

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Novak Djokovic beats John Millman in straight sets to win Japan Open

first_imgNovak Djokovic beats John Millman in straight sets to win Japan OpenWorld No. 1 Novak Djokovic marked a triumphant return to the ATP tour after withdrawing from the last US Open due to a shoulder injury.advertisement Associated Press TokyoOctober 6, 2019UPDATED: October 6, 2019 19:16 IST Djokovic poses with his champion trophy during the award ceremony of the Japan Open (AP)HIGHLIGHTSNovak Djokovic overcame Australian qualifier John Millman’s challenge 6-3, 6-2It marked the 76th singles title win for DjokovicDjokovic won the trophy at the Ariake Colosseum – a venue for the Tokyo 2020 OlympicsNovak Djokovic couldn’t have asked for a better tournament debut in Tokyo. Playing in the Japanese capital for the first time, Djokovic beat Australian qualifier John Millman 6-3, 6-2 in the final of the Japan Open on Sunday, marking the 10th time the Serbian has lifted a trophy on his main draw debut at a tour-level event.The top-ranked Serb did not drop a set in his five matches at Ariake Colosseum with the closest set, 7-5, coming against home favorite Go Soeda in the second round. In his final three matches, against fifth-seeded Lucas Pouille, third-seeded David Goffin and Millman all of whom have made a Grand Slam quarterfinal Djokovic lost a total of 15 games.”I didn’t drop a set all week so I played fantastic tennis,” said Djokovic who will next play in Shanghai. “There are not many negatives here that I can point out so I’m going to Shanghai with great confidence and hope I can finish the year in style.”Sunday’s final followed a familiar pattern to his previous matches here with Djokovic breaking Millman to go up 3-1 in the first set with a perfectly placed forehand volley to the corner.”Obviously the key was to try to fight off the resistance early in the match because he didn’t have much to lose playing finals from qualifications,” Djokovic said. “He came out and played pretty well but I made that crucial break and I was serving very well which allowed me to get a set advantage.”advertisementThe second set was even more dominant as Djokovic broke his opponent twice to go up 3-0 then held serve the rest of the way.Djokovic lost only four first-serve points and hit six aces.Djokovic retired with a left-shoulder injury during his fourth-round match against Stan Wawrinka at the U.S. Open but has shown no lingering effects in Tokyo.”I didn’t know until one week before the start of this tournament that I would be here,” Djokovic said. “That’s when I made a decision with my team that I was ready to play.”The 32-year-old Serb is making a push to finish as year-end No. 1 for the sixth time, which would tie the mark held by Pete Sampras.Djokovic now stands alone in third place on the ATP Tour this year with 46 tour-level wins, breaking a tie with Roger Federer. The only players ahead of him are Daniil Medvedev (54) and Rafael Nadal (48).Also Read | Novak Djokovic eases past David Goffin to set up Tokyo final with John MillmanAlso Read | Sumit Nagal enters semifinal of ATP Challenger CampinasFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAjay Tiwari Tags :Follow Novak DjokovicFollow Japan Open 2019 Nextlast_img read more

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NHT Looking At Measures to Reduce Housing Costs

first_imgThe National Housing Trust (NHT) will be seeking to achieve significant reductions in construction costs to lower the price of houses to contributors.Minister without portfolio in the Ministry of Transport, Works and Housing, Dr. Morais Guy, said the move is part of efforts to meet the demand for some 400,000 houses.“The Government recognises that this has to be the approach in order to provide even more benefits for existing contributors and for the Trust to be in a position to cater to the housing needs of new and prospective contributors,” he stated.The Minister was speaking at an award ceremony for participants in the Trust’s Architectural Design Challenge for affordable housing, held on Thursday (June 20) at the NHT car park on Knutsford Boulevard.He noted that the drive to reduce housing costs demands greater reliance on innovation in design and building systems.  “These innovations must be geared towards developing new methods and materials for building that ensures quality, durability, construction integrity and pleasant aesthetics, while significantly reducing cost,” he noted.Dr. Guy, who has responsibility for housing, stated that while the Government is a significant stakeholder in the business of housing the nation, it cannot do it alone, and requires the input of all players in the search for solutions.Managing Director of the NHT, Cecile Watson, stated that the demand for affordable housing, especially from lower income earners, “is now a burning imperative”. She said the housing sector needs more varied options especially for persons earning between minimum wage and $10,000 weekly.Jamaicans in the low income group account for roughly 47 per cent of the NHT’s contributor base.While these persons are able to access NHT loans of up to $1.7 million, the Trust’s research indicates that the construction cost for an NHT-designed habitable unit is approximately $3.2 million.“Times such as these force us to ask questions such as how can we do things better or differently to get maximum results from the resources we have. We have taken an important step in stimulating the thinking in delivering more affordable housing at lower price points through designing differently,” Mrs. Watson stated.The Architectural Design Challenge required entrantsto submit designs for houses to accommodate a minimum one child and one adult, with the potential for expansion to accommodate two adults and two children.The low cost designs to emerge from the competition could possibly produce a unit larger than an NHT studio for less than $3.2 million, therefore making it accessible to single low income applicants.The competition also required that entries reflect the use of materials that are accessible, durable, abundant, affordable and available locally.A total of 30 entries were received for the competition held from October 14 to  December 14, 2012, with the team of Yanique Powell-Green, Camiel Stanbury and Cleon Meikle emerging the winners and copping the top prize of $400,000.Garfield Wood and Francois Munda received $200,000 for their second place design, while Mark Taylor, who placed third, took home $100,000.By Latonya Linton, JIS Reporterlast_img read more

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Interprofessional Cancer Education in Guysborough Antigonish Strait Health Authority

first_img Improved patient care is at the heart of a project designed to train cancer health professionals to provide cancer education to their peers. Funded by Health Canada, with Cancer Care Nova Scotia as the project lead, Partners for Interprofessional Cancer Education has trained three health professionals from Guysborough Antigonish Strait Health Authority as facilitators. The training provides expertise in interprofessional learning — a greater appreciation of each others’ values, knowledge and abilities; collaborative, patient-centred care and cultural sensitivity and safety for First Nations communities. These facilitators will educate health professionals in their district. Together with 35 other facilitators from across Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island, they will reach more than 1,100 community-based health professionals over the next year. “Canada’s government commends Cancer Care Nova Scotia and itspartners for their leadership in this project. By April 2008, more than 1,000 Nova Scotian health professionals will be better trained to help cancer patients,” said Tony Clement, federal Minister of Health. “The introduction of interprofessional education across Nova Scotia will benefit not only the patients who will receive unprecedented treatment and support, but also the teams of professionals who work in cancer care.” “With the expertise and commitment of districts, and the strength of our other partners, we are extending the value and reach of Cancer Care Nova Scotia’s original interprofessional education program, the interprofessional core curriculum,” said Theresa Marie Underhill, chief operating officer, Cancer Care Nova Scotia. “Through this project, we are enhancing it, extending the training of health professionals and providing the necessary supports for them to deliver the interprofessional core curriculum to others.” “The Guysborough Antigonish Strait Health Authority is pleased toplay a role in the Partners for Interprofessional Cancer Education,” said Kevin MacDonald, CEO. “These facilitators will have an enormous impact on the delivery of timely and relevant information to healthcare professionals in our district, which will ultimately improve the quality of cancer care treatment for patients and their families. In an area as geographically diverse as Guysborough Antigonish Strait Health Authority, the impact of a program such as this one cannot be underestimated.” Health professionals with an expertise in cancer or palliative care were recruited to participate in the training. Medical and radiation oncologists, palliative care physicians and nurses, social workers, pharmacists, nursing students from St. Francis Xavier University and First Nations representatives working in health were among those trained. “From a palliative care perspective, interprofessional learning has tremendous value,” said Dr. Carolyn Rideout, clinical director of child and adolescent psychiatry and consultant, palliative care. “The benefits of learning from, about and with each other are immense, ” said Heather Brander, palliative care nurse consultant, Saint Martha’s Hospital. “Collaboration of care, heightened awareness of district resources and a true team approach, can only increase the quality of cancer related care to patients and families. ” The Registered Nurses Professional Development Centre, in collaboration with other partners, implemented the first phase of the project, the development of the facilitator training program. First Nations consultants worked with the Registered Nurses Professional Development Centre to ensure cultural safety and sensitivity was woven throughout the training program. The centre also revised the case studies included in Cancer Care Nova Scotia’s interprofessional core curriculum, which facilitators will be delivering. Beginning in April, facilitators will deliver the core curriculumprogram to community based health professionals in Nova Scotia and P.E.I. The curriculum has 10 modules including, pain and symptom management, treatment and side effects. By April 2008, 1,100 health professionals will have a better knowledge in these areas as well as an improved understanding and appreciation of the expertise of their team members and the community resources available to patients and families. The curriculum will also be included in the undergraduate nursing program at St. Francis Xavier University. As part of the project, Cancer Care Nova Scotia will help facilitators develop a community of practice to build interprofessional knowledge and expertise through better interaction. An evaluation, led by Dalhousie Continuing Medical Education, for both facilitators and participants will cover both intended and self reported changes in practice. Possible ways for evaluating the project from the patient perspective are also being discussed. In addition to Cancer Care Nova Scotia, Partners for Interprofessional Cancer Education includes: district health authorities, the IWK Health Centre, the Registered Nurses Professional Development Centre, Dalhousie University Continuing Medical Education, Dalhousie University College of Pharmacy, Division of Continuing Pharmacy Education, the Union of NovaScotia Indians, the Confederacy of Mainland Mi’kmaq, St. Francis Xavier University School of Nursing, Seniors’ Secretariat and Prince Edward Island Department of Health. Cancer Care Nova Scotia is a program of the Department of Health,created to reduce the burden of cancer on individuals, families, and the health care system through prevention, screening, education and research. CANCER CARE N.S.–Interprofessional Cancer Education inGuysborough Antigonish Strait Health Authoritylast_img read more

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Scheer Harper among politicians at memorial for Calgary MP Deepak Obhrai

first_imgCALGARY — Some prominent Conservative politicians are paying their respects at a memorial for former Calgary member of Parliament Deepak Obhrai.Obhrai, who was 69, died earlier this month from liver cancer.Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer and former prime minister Stephen Harper are to make tributes at the service, along with former cabinet ministers John Baird and Peter MacKay.A memorial service is set to begin soon for long-time Calgary MP Deepak Obhrai, signalling the final goodbye for many people. pic.twitter.com/agsiS9gtIM— Kayla Bruch (@KaylaBruch1) August 26, 2019Obhrai was born and raised in Tanzania and settled in Calgary with his family in 1977.The first Hindu to be elected to the House of Commons, he had represented Calgary Forest Lawn since 1997.He was the longest-serving parliamentary secretary to a minister of foreign affairs in Canadian history, and also the longest-serving Indo-Canadian MP in Parliament..@stephenharper Deepak was a “remarkable person,” friend, colleague, public servant and someone who touched the lives of so many people.— Kayla Bruch (@KaylaBruch1) August 26, 2019 The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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George Clooneys Fiancee To Investigate Human Rights Violations In Gaza

first_imgGeorge Clooney’s fiancee Amal Alamuddin has been appointed by the UN Human Rights Council to investigate purported Gaza violations.The United Nations Human Rights Council announced today the appointment of three members to its independent Commission of Inquiry to investigate purported violations of international humanitarian and human rights laws in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, and particularly in the Gaza Strip since the conflict began on 13 June.In a statement released this afternoon, the Council’s President, Ambassador Baudelaire Ndong Ella (Gabon), announced that the human rights body appointed Amal Alamuddin (United Kingdom), Doudou Diène (Senegal) and William Schabas (Canada) to serve as members on the international Commission. Mr. Schabas will also serve as the Commission’s Chair.The Commission aims to establish the facts and circumstances of violations and crimes perpetrated and to identify those responsible. It will also make recommendations, in particular on accountability measures, all with a view to avoiding and ending impunity and ensuring that those responsible are held accountable, and on ways to protect civilians against any further assaults.At least 1,948 Palestinians, the majority of them civilians, have been killed in the conflict, along with 67 Israelis, according to figures cited by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).In addition, some 425,000 people are seeking shelter either in UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) facilities, government shelters or with host families.Around 11,855 housing units in Gaza have been destroyed or severely damaged by Israeli attacks, and another 36,000 have suffered damage, according to OCHA.The Council had decided – by a vote of 29 countries in favour, with 17 abstentions and a sole negative vote by the United States – to launch the inquiry at its emergency meeting on 23 July.The same resolution requested that the Commission present a written report to the Human Rights Council at its session in March 2015.Appointed to the Commission today is Ms. Alamuddin, a London-based British-Lebanese lawyer, specialising in international law and human rights. She has worked at the International Court of Justice (ICJ) and as legal adviser to the Prosecutor of the Special Tribunal for Lebanon.Mr. Diène was the United Nations Special Rapporteur on contemporary forms of racism, xenophobia and related intolerance from 2002 to 2008. He also served as Independent Expert on the situation of human rights in Côte d’Ivoire from 2011 to 2014.Ms. Schabas, a professor of international criminal law and human rights, served on the Sierra Leone Truth and Reconciliation Commission until 2004. Mr. Schabas was also a member of the United Nations Voluntary Fund for Technical Cooperation in Human Rights.last_img read more

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State govt, KMC gear up to handle impact of cyclone

first_imgKolkata: The state government, along with Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC), is making all possible arrangements so that service can be extended on a war footing if there is any sort of damage caused due to the cyclone ‘Fani’, which is predicted to move towards Bengal soon.Chief Secretary Malay De held a meeting with concerned government departments and senior KMC officials led by Municipal Commissioner Khalil Ahmed at Nabanna on Tuesday and gave necessary instructions on the arrangements to be put in place for the cyclone. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaThe coastal areas and riverine areas like Howrah, Hooghly, East Midnapore and South 24-Parganas are likely to be affected more due to ‘Fani’. North Bengal is likely to face the effect of the cyclone on May 3, as per information from the weather office. Municipal Commissioner Khalil Ahmed also held a meeting at the KMC with senior officials of all concerned departments, to ensure that they keep a skeleton gang ready for necessary action on May 2, 3 and 4. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayAs per information received from the National Emergency Response Centre and the state department of Disaster Management and Civil Defence, expected wind speed of the cyclone may go up to 60 km/h, 85 km/h and 115 km/h on May 2, 3 and 4 respectively. Rainfall is expected to be in the range of 7 to 20 cm on May 3 and 4. The Parks & Gardens department has been requested to deploy men and machineries to attend to the emergent situation, for removal of uprooted trees including broken branches throughout the city. The Building department will deploy its team to tackle the situation as well. The Lighting department has been instructed to remove uprooted lampposts and disconnect electricity from the posts and similar necessary measures as and when required. The Sewerage and Drainage department and Solid Waste Management department have also been asked to attend to issues like waterlogging and others in the wake of the cyclone. The Municipal Secretary has also been asked to make arrangements for provision of relief material if required.last_img read more

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SC dismisses plea to advance voting timing for last phase of Lok Sabha election

first_imgNew Delhi: The Supreme Court Friday rejected a plea seeking a direction to the Election Commission (EC) to advance polling timing to 5:30 am from 7 am for seventh phase of the Lok Sabha election in view of searing heat and Ramzan. A vacation bench comprising Justices Indira Banerjee and Sanjiv Khanna said that court cannot go into the issue of poll timings and most phases of the Lok Sabha elections were already over. “We cannot get into poll times. It is the Election Commission’s call. There may be logistical issues,” the bench told advocate Mohammad Nizamuddin Pasha who had filed the petition. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss account details under automatic exchange framework “Part of elections are already over. Only one phase remains now,” the bench observed. When the counsel referred to the searing heat in parts of the country, especially between 12 noon to 3 PM, the bench said, “The timings are from 7 am to 6 pm. People can come in the morning to cast their votes.” On May 2, the top court had asked the poll panel to pass “necessary orders” on Pasha’s representation seeking advancing of voting timing for the remaining phase of Lok Sabha polls, which the EC had rejected on May 5. Also Read – Trio win Nobel Medicine Prize for work on cells, oxygen In his fresh plea in the apex court, the petitioner had said that the poll panel had turned down his representation as being “administratively not feasible”. Following the poll panel’s decision, Pasha had approached the apex court with his plea saying, “The reasoning given by the respondent (EC) in its order dated May 5 is ex-facie self contradictory as the respondent claims it has already taken acute hot weather conditions and festivals into account in fixing poll timing but still has passed orders fixing the same standard polling hours that are issued in every election at any time in any part of the country.” Polling for the seventh phase of elections will be held on May 19. The petitioner had earlier told the top court that during Ramzan, Muslims keep fast. The plea had said the India Meteorological Department has issued warning indicating severe heat wave conditions over the next few days in poll-bound areas, including Madhya Pradesh, Bihar and Jharkhand. The petitioner had said harsh weather conditions would make it difficult for Muslims to go out and vote.last_img read more

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Do not do business with Israeli settlements urges UK govt

first_imgLONDON– The UK government advises UK companies of the risks involved in doing business with Israeli settlements.The guidance published by UK trade and investment, a government body that works with British businesses in international markets, says there are “clear risks related to economic and financial activities in the settlements, and we do not encourage or offer support to such activity”.It warns companies of  “potential reputational implications of getting involved in economic and financial activities in settlements, as well as possible abuses of the rights of individuals”. The UK government advises companies thinking about financial or economical involvement in settlements to seek, “appropriate legal advice”.In the warning the UK position on settlements is laid out, “The West Bank, including East Jerusalem, Gaza and the Golan Heights are territories which have been occupied by Israel since 1967. Settlements are illegal under international law, constitute an obstacle to peace and threaten to make a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict impossible.”The advice goes on and says if companies do business with Israeli settlements then the UK government “does not encourage or offer support to such activity”.Doing business with Israeli settlements, including tourism, contain ‘legal and economic risks”, according to the UK government.   These risks stem from the fact that Israeli settlements are “built on occupied land and are not recognised as a legitimate part of Israel’s territory. This may result in disputed titles to the land, water, mineral or other natural resources which might be the subject of purchase or investment”.The short advice also acknowledges concerns of consumers not wishing to buy products from Israeli settlements and it was way the UK government introduced voluntary guidelines to enable products from Israeli settlements to be clearly labeled.Pro-Palestinian groups have capitalised on the advice spreading it on the internet.  However the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement said that the advice did not go far enough.  Although they welcomed the guidance, BDS they said they wanted “more practical measures to bring about British compliance with its obligations under international law.”last_img read more

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Resettlement authority to remain

“But technically that does not mean that resettlement is over. We have many more things to do as pockets of displaced persons in the country are yet to be resettled”, he said. “We have many more things to do. For example, in the Jaffna district we have 42 welfare centres with 1,336 families – 4,866 people. We have 6,969 families living with friends and relatives who have been displaced due to the High Security Zones which were set up in the early 1990’s”, he said. The Secretary said that the decision to extend the term was taken despite the closure of the Menik Farm on completing the resettlement and relocation of people who had been displaced during the humanitarian operation which was completed in May 2009. “We also have another 68,000 people of Sri Lankan origin living in nearly 140 camps in South India and another 28,000 living with friends and relatives.“We want to expedite the process of bringing down those Sri Lankans back to the country. Towards that end we are working very closely with the UNHCR, the Ministries of External Affairs and Defence”, he said. The term of office of the Resettlement Authority, the central body to implement resettlement in Sri Lanka, was extended by another three years by the Cabinet last week enabling it to work further on resettlement , the  Sunday Observer reported.The Secretary to the Resettlement Ministry Janaka Sugathadasa told the Sunday Observer the Resettlement Authority had a fixed term of six years and its term was due to expire on April 10, 2013. read more

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UNP gets Colombo Rosy to be first CMC female Mayor

The United National Part (UNP) secured the highest number of votes in Colombo at the Local Government (LG) Elections.As a result UNP Mayor elect Rosy Senanayake will become the first female Mayor of the Colombo Municipal Council (CMC). Rosy Senanayake was earlier attached to the Prime Minister’s office before she was named the UNP nominee for Colombo Mayor. Earlier Senanayake was a state minister for child development. She is also an activist, a former beauty queen and served as the Sri Lankan High Commissioner for Malaysia and was a Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations Population Fund. (Colombo Gazette) read more

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Ban looks forward to peaceful holding of gubernatorial State assembly elections in

“The Secretary General wishes to congratulate once again the people and Government of Nigeria for the peaceful manner in which the Presidential and Parliamentary Elections were conducted on 28 and 29 March 2015,” said a statement issued by the Secretary-General’s spokesperson. Praising the statesmanship demonstrated by the political leadership as marking a significant milestone in the country’s democratic process, the UN chief in his statement expressed the hope that the same conditions will prevail in the conduct of the Gubernatorial and State House of Assembly elections on 11 April.“He calls on all political leaders throughout Nigeria to continue to uphold their commitments under the Abuja Accords and to refrain from and immediately condemn any inflammatory statements that amount to an incitement to violence,” the statement concludes. read more

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Badgers hire former IceDogs coach as interim bench boss

The new coach of the Brock Badgers men’s hockey team will be a familiar name to many in Niagara.Marty Williamson has been named Brock’s interim head coach for men’s hockey for the 2017-18 season.Williamson served as coach and general manager of the Ontario Hockey League’s Niagara IceDogs for six seasons until May 2016, leading the team to six-straight playoff appearances and two OHL conference championships.“We’re fortunate to get a high-quality coach like Marty, who brings a wealth of experience and has had great success coaching in the OHL,” said Brock Sports Director Neil Lumsden, who made the coaching announcement Wednesday, Aug. 9.“With the season right around the corner, the players are excited and motivated to get going,” Lumsden said.Williamson, who lives in St. Catharines, said he’s looking forward to the new challenge.“It’s just as exciting as when I got my first job in the OHL. Coaching is coaching and that part of it I feel confident with, but this is a little bit of a different animal,” he said. “It has kind of come full circle. I coached minor hockey helping kids get to the OHL, then in the OHL for 12 years, and now I’ll be coaching guys who are at a different point in their career working on both academics and hockey.”After leading tryouts and training camp later this month, Williamson’s first test as head coach will come at the Steel Blade Classic, being played Sept. 15 at the Meridian Centre, where the coach spent countless hours behind the bench.“That’s a fantastic facility. It’ll be nice to look at the banners hanging there,” Williamson said. “The goal is to beat Guelph and the preparation starts as soon as we can get on the ice with the guys.”Beyond the pre-season, the coach is aiming for a successful season for the Badgers.“Giving yourself a chance to win every night is always the first goal. If you do that, everything kind of takes care of itself. Getting a group of guys who will pull in the same direction is what you’re looking for,” he said.Tickets for the Steel Blade hockey game are available online at www.steelbladeclassic.com. Prices are $15 for adults and $10 for students and seniors. A limited number of free student tickets will be available from the Walker Sports Complex Welcome Desk in September. read more

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Mens Volleyball Ohio State eliminated in MIVA tournament with defeat to No

Redshirt sophomore Jake Hanes smacks the ground out of frustration after sending the ball out-of-bounds during Ohio State’s loss to George Mason on Jan. 18 at St. John Arena in Columbus. Credit: Ethan Clewell | Senior ReporterIn a fitting end to an odd season, the Ohio State men’s volleyball team could not continue its recent five-set magic, falling in four sets to No. 10 Loyola Chicago in the opening match of the conference tournament, 15-25, 25-20, 14-25 and 22-25. The loss eliminates the Buckeyes (10-19, 5-10 MIVA) from the Midwest Intercollegiate Volleyball Association tournament and any chance at a bid for the NCAA tournament. The Ramblers (20-7, 12-2 MIVA) move on to face No. 14 Purdue Fort Wayne in the semifinals Wednesday. Heading into the fourth set, it seemed Ohio State might find its late-set heroics again and come out with a victory. Sophomore opposite hitter Jake Hanes crushed a kill to bring the Buckeyes and the Ramblers’ even at 21 late in the fourth set, but three straight points, including a block and a kill by senior middle blocker Paul Narup and an ace by senior outside hitter Collin Mahan propelled Loyola Chicago to a 25-22 fourth set victory. Mahan led the Ramblers with 14 kills, three aces and 11 digs. Junior middle blocker Kyle Piekarski led the team defensively with six total blocks, adding an ace and nine kills. In familiar fashion, Ohio State struggled out of the gate in the first set. After jumping out to an early 4-3 lead, the Ramblers ran away with the first set, scoring 11 of the next 17 points. Hanes contributed a kill and two aces in hopes of cutting into the lead, but Loyola Chicago responded with five straight points of its own, including kills by Piekarski, Mahan and senior outside hitter Will Tischler, setting the Ramblers up with a 22-13 set lead. The teams traded the final four points, giving Loyola Chicago a 25-15 first-set victory. Three of the Ramblers’ eight aces came in the first set and their stellar efficiency, hitting at a .652 clip, helped stifle any hopes of an Ohio State comeback. But the Buckeyes would not go silently. Right on cue, Ohio State came alive in the second set. A five-point run, including a kill and an ace by Hanes and a kill by freshman outside hitter Sean Ryan turned a 6-4 deficit into an 8-6 Ohio State lead. The Buckeyes continued to add to their lead, courtesy of kills by Hanes and multiple errors by Loyola Chicago, but kills by Piekarski and Narup brought the Buckeyes’ lead to one, 16-15. Ohio State answered with a four-point run featuring back-to-back aces by Hanes, reestablishing a five-point cushion which the Buckeyes would carry to the end of the set, winning 25-20, before falling in the next two sets. Ohio State finished the 2019 campaign with a 10-19 record, finishing 5-10 in the Midwest Intercollegiate Volleyball Association. read more

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Joy Damoussi lecture at GOCMV

first_imgAs part of Season 3 of the 2014 Greek History and Culture Seminars hosted by the Greek Orthodox Community of Melbourne and Victoria, the open lecture ‘Migration to Australia: The Greek Civil War and Child’ will be given by University of Melbourne’s Professor Joy Damoussi. Joy Damousi is Professor of History in the School of Historical and Philosophical Studies, Univeristy of Melbourne. Her current research includes war, trauma and post-war Greek migration to Australia; and child refugees and war.When: Friday 10 October at 7.00 pm Where: Ithacan Philanthropic Society building, Level 2, 329 Elizabeth Street, Melbourne. For more information, visit www.greekcommunity.com.au or contact (03) 9662 2722 Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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Pourquoi lhomme clignetil des yeux 30 000 fois par jour

first_imgPourquoi l’homme cligne-t-il des yeux 30 000 fois par jour?D’après les scientifiques, nous clignons des yeux près de 30 000 fois par jour mais ceci ne servirait pas qu’à nous les “nettoyer”. Une étude menée par des chercheurs japonais suggère que ce geste permettrait aussi à notre cerveau de se reposer pendant un très court instant.Entre 15 et 20, c’est en moyenne le nombre de fois qu’une personne cligne des yeux par minute. Si l’on étend ce chiffre sur une heure, cela nous fait environ 1.200 clignements… soit pas moins de 28.800 clignements d’yeux par jour. Autrement dit, à cause de ce geste, nous passons 10% de notre temps éveillé les yeux fermés. Le chiffre a de quoi impressionner mais il a aussi de quoi rendre les scientifiques perplexes. En effet, selon eux, ce chiffre est bien trop important pour que ce geste ne serve qu’à “nettoyer” ou lubrifier nos yeux. Pour en savoir plus, des scientifiques japonais ont donc poursuivi les recherches et exploré une autre hypothèse : cligner des yeux permettrait aussi à notre cerveau de se reposer pendant une fraction de seconde voire quelques secondes afin de retrouver toute son attention. Pour arriver à cette conclusion, les chercheurs de l’université d’Osaka ont passé au scanner le cerveau de vingt jeunes sujets alors qu’ils regardaient une vidéo. Plus en détail, ils ont notamment surveillé l’afflux sanguin au niveau des différentes parties de l’encéphale. Ceci leur a permis de constater que lorsque les sujets clignaient des yeux, plusieurs aires cérébrales impliquées dans l’attention, ainsi que les cortex visuel et somato-sensoriel semblaient s’inactiver. A l’inverse, d’autres régions reconnues comme faisant partie du “réseau par défaut”, se mettaient à fonctionner davantage. Ce réseau qui fascine les chercheurs, est appelé ainsi car il se manifeste lorsque son propriétaire semble au repos total et n’entreprend aucune activité particulière. Des petites pauses cérébrales à des moments particuliersÀ lire aussiPourquoi les yeux gonflent-ils après avoir pleuré ?L’activation de ces régions lors du clignement d’yeux suggère, selon les auteurs, que le cerveau interromprait la tâche menée pendant moins d’une seconde afin de se re-concentrer dessus. Une hypothèse qui avait déjà été mise en évidence par de précédentes recherches et qui a semblé se confirmer par une autre observation.En effet, au cours de l’étude publiée dans la revue PNAS, l’équipe a observé que les sujets avaient tendance à cligner des yeux à des moments bien particuliers, proches d’un “arrêt implicite”. Par exemple, à la fin d’une phrase lorsqu’on lit ou lorsque quelqu’un parle, ou pendant un film, lorsqu’un acteur se retourne, quitte une pièce, ou lorsque la caméra change de position. A ce moment-là, les aires concernées “s’éteignent” un petit instant pendant que le réseau par défaut prend le relais. Puis celles-ci se “rallument” et l’attention est restaurée. Pour autant, notre conscience elle, ne serait aucunement interrompue puisque le cerveau ne se rendrait pas réellement compte de cette “micro-pause”, d’après les scientifiques. Dans la mesure où le cortex visuel s’inactive également, il ne remarquerait tout simplement pas l’obscurité due à nos yeux fermés.Le 2 janvier 2013 à 16:57 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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WWE UK Title match set for Houston WWE NXT preview for tonight

first_imgFacebook Now Playing Up Next Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Pinterest Google+ Videos Articles WWE announces 2020 Royal Rumble tickets to go on-sale Friday, September 20 Tom Keene WWE Rescheduling San Jose NXT Roman Reigns is in Remission Now Playing Up Next Miz and Mrs. Season One coming to the WWE Network Friday, September 20 center_img WhatsApp Seth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate Occasions WWE UK Title match set for HoustonWWE.com is reporting that Pete Dunne will defend the WWE UK Title against Johnny Gargano at the upcoming NXT TakeOver: WarGames taping in Houston.It should be noted that the match will be taped for an upcoming episode of NXT and will not be part of the TakeOver event airing live that night on the WWE Network.#UKChampion @PeteDunneYxB will put his title ON THE LINE when he faces @JohnnyGargano on Nov. 18 in Houston! https://t.co/evfcM4edZs— WWE NXT (@WWENXT) November 7, 2017WWE NXT preview for tonightWWE NXT returns to the WWE Network later tonight.Scheduled for the show is Adam Cole vs. Roderick Strong and Kairi Sane vs. Billie Kay.Wrestleview.com will have a full NXT report later tonight.Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipBrexit’s Impact on Gilts, the Pound and the U.K. EconomyVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 3:00/Current Time 0:05Loaded: 57.19%0:05Remaining Time -2:55 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Is WWE Losing Its Audience? Twitter Now Playing Up Next Brexit’s Impact on Gilts, the Pound and the U.K. Economy WWE NXT Results – 9/11/19 (Last episode before the USA Network move, Ripley vs. Baszler)last_img read more

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Governor admonishes Charity in Christmas Message

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, December 23, 2016  – Happy Holiday greetings are also coming from the new Governor, His Excellency Dr. John Freeman and his wife, Corinna.“Christmas is a special time for us all.   It is a holy and prayerful time, an opportunity to reflect on the blessings of the year just passing and to hope for blessings in the New Year.  It is time to be with our families, to enjoy their company and to celebrate together.  Of course for some among us Christmas can be a sad, even difficult time, especially if friends and relatives have passed away in the course of the year, or for those who are going to be spending Christmas on their own.   I hope all of us will try to reach out to the lonely or those suffering from ill-health whether at home or in hospital over the festive season.   Charity after all begins at home but it shouldn’t end there.”H.E. will spend Christmas with his family in the Turks and Caicos Islands. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:last_img read more

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Pioneering AfricanAmerican officers honored at Overtown ceremony

first_imgMIAMI (WSVN) – Some pioneering police officers received high honors at a ceremony in Overtown, Saturday.Miami’s Police Benevolent Association teamed up with the Black Police Precinct and Courthouse Museum to recognize five individuals who paved the way for the inclusion and advancement of African-American officers in the department. Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Today we honor our forefathers at MPD’s Inaugural First Five Pioneer Award Ceremony at the Black Police Precinct👮🏾 pic.twitter.com/8lmgN6w8eR— Miami PD (@MiamiPD) July 22, 2017“We believe that by honoring them, we show them homage for what they went through so that we can have the jobs that we’re able to have today,” said Miami Police spokesperson Chiquita Butler.The First Five Pioneer Awards were given out at the museum in Overtown, which honors the African-American men and women who chose to serve and protect their community during the pre-civil rights era.Among the honorees were retired Miami Police chief Clarence Dickson and the City of Miami’s first black dispatcher, Carolyn Pates. last_img read more

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