Positive signs for future Olympics

first_imgIndia won two medals in shooting this time around, and even the number of finals-three-was the best ever for the team. With 11 shooters at the Olympics, we were among the top 10 in the world in terms of participation, and our position in the shooting medals table is also roughly the same.The message is clear- if you prepare shooters early for a competition as big as the Olympics, you will be rewarded. The target for the Rio Olympics has to be 15 shooters, which may not be as many as the Chinese or the Americans, but would be a sign of progress. It is imperative that India wins more medals in shooting.The most promising performance came from Joydeep Karmakar, who withstood the pressure of qualifying for the final through a shoot-off to perform brilliantly in the 50m rifle prone final and finish just outside the medals.He needs more wins at the international level to become a serious contender.We had a few people in with a shot at finals too, like Heena Sidhu and Ronjan Sodhi. I expect them to bounce back well since they would know how to handle the pressure now. And as far as a proven champion like Abhinav Bindra is concerned, expect him to come back with a bang. There are, of course, lessons to be learnt. Our shooters have to be wary of external pressures affecting their performances, since in some cases, the temperament rather than the technique dragged them down.The government and the federation have to work together and make sure that they get a vision plan in place immediately. Now that we have a pool of international-level shooters, the best need to be picked immediately, so that they can start training in right earnest from the beginning of next year itself. Shooting is India’s main sport at the Olympics, and it is also important that a physiotherapist and qualified mental trainers are at hand to help out the team. There should be no compromises on professionalism.advertisementAll this would help the shooters be on track for the next qualification cycle for the Olympics, which begins in 2014, and also the next two big events-the Glasgow Commonwealth Games and the Incheon Asian Games. This was also the first big test for the National Rifle Association of India’s new transparent, scorebased selection policy, and I don’t think anyone should have a problem with it now.The only amendment I suggest is to let the quota-winning shooter make the Olympic team automatically, since it would help them get down to preparations as soon as they bag the quota. That, as we saw in the case of the early qualifiers like Gagan Narang, is always an advantage.(The writer is a four-time Olympian and Arjuna awardee)last_img read more

With Final 4 within reach, Tigresses vow to go all out in last 2 games

first_imgCaptain Cherry Rondina said her team’s final two games of the season is where the Golden Tigresses would ultimately go all out in their rabid run to the Final Four.“If we can win our remaining games then I’d be okay with that,” said Rondina in Filipino. “It would great for us if we can reach the top because that’s what we really want.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“We can’t turn it down one but, we’ll give it our all in training,” added Rondina who finished with 20 points against the Lady Maroons.UST’s win pushed it to a tie of the third spot with Far Eastern University leaving UP at the fifth spot with a 6-6 card. MOST READ PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles View comments LATEST STORIES Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Laure, who finished with 11 points against UP, is the league’s second leading scorer with a total of 200 points while Rondina is atop the Best Scorers table with 217 points.“When I entered the UAAP’s senior division, I told Ate Sisi we would give her what she deserves. It’s not just me but everyone of us will support her,” said Laure.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anewcenter_img The Golden Tigresses would then need just one more win to secure their slot in the big dance.“In my opinion, once we get complacent, everything will be taken away from us so we’re always holding on that we know we can do this,” said Rondina. “We can’t get anything if we don’t work for it.”Luckily for Rondina, she won’t have to carry UST on her own.Rookie star Eya Laure vowed since her first day with UST’s senior team that she would support Rondina and give the graduating captain the best exit possible.“I don’t want to show Ate Sisi that all we’re doing is just for the eliminations,” said Laure in Filipino.ADVERTISEMENT Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Former teammates Terrence Romeo, Roger Pogoy downplay confrontation Cherry Rondina, left, and Eya Laure celebrate a point. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—University of Santo Tomas is about to go full steam ahead with two games remaining in its schedule in the UAAP Season 81 women’s volleyball tournament.The Golden Tigresses scored an inspirational sweep of University of the Philippines, 25-21, 25-12, 26-24, and improved to an 8-4 record Wednesday at Filoil Flying V Center, solidifying their place at the top four of the standings.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games messlast_img read more

CanniMed tells shareholders to wait while it reviews Aurora offer

first_imgCanniMed Therapeutics Inc. said Wednesday it needs time to review a surprise takeover offer from a rival marijuana producer that sent its share surging on another volatile trading day for pot stocks amid speculation a wave of consolidation is coming.“We advise shareholders to take no action until such time as the board has had the opportunity to fully consider and make a recommendation regarding the unsolicited offer,” CanniMed (TSX:CMED) said in response to the bid made public by Aurora Cannabis Inc. (TSX:ACB) after the close of markets on Tuesday.Vancouver-based Aurora announced an all-share offer valuing CanniMed’s stock at up to $24 per share that it said already has support from shareholders representing 38 per cent of CanniMed’s outstanding shares.Aurora said it submitted a proposal to CanniMed’s board of directors Monday and has given the company until Friday to respond. If the board doesn’t respond, it said it plans to launch a formal takeover bid.But CanniMed said that it has not received a formal written offer from Aurora, adding it would review the terms set out in the press release and respond by the Friday deadline.CanniMed cautioned that it considered Aurora’s estimates of how much the share-exchange deal was actually worth to CanniMed shareholders to be inflated, since Aurora’s valuation per share is based on its stock price as of Nov. 14 after a 125 per cent increase over the preceding 12 trading days.Following news of the proposed deal, CanniMed’s share price shot up $4.50 or 29.4 per cent to close at $19.80, while Aurora closed down $0.19 or three per cent at $6.22.CanniMed also said it is already in talks to acquire marijuana company Newstrike Resources Ltd. (TSXV:HIP), a producer endorsed by members of rock band the Tragically Hip.Marijuana analyst Vahan Ajamian said this latest deal could spark merger and acquisition activity among the around 50 licensed producers in the burgeoning industry ahead of recreational legalization, slated for July 1.“This could spark a wave of consolidation with the larger players ‘gobbling up’ the smaller ones,” said Ajamian in a note.PI Financial Corp. analyst Jason Zandberg said he wasn’t sure if the deal would spark consolidation, but that it make sense to build scale ahead of next July.“If you can build scale, then not only can you guarantee supply numbers, but you also have a bit better negotiating power,” said Zandberg.But he said any deals would likely be shared-based ones within the industry, like Aurora’s proposal, since cannabis stocks have climbed so much in recent months.“The absolute value of the market cap of these companies would scare off a lot of outsiders from buying.”He said the deal looks to make a lot of sense from both sides, but given CanniMed’s response it could go hostile.Current valuations mean that for some companies it would make more sense to simply build their own facilities, said Chris Damas, editor of the BCMI Report.“You can build square footage at a lower price than you can buy it on the stock market, the difference is quite astonishing.”He said CanniMed offered some particular attractions to Aurora, including licensed soft oil gel capsules, a foothold in Saskatchewan and expanded facilities that haven’t yet been reflected in its financials.If Aurora’s acquisition is successful, it would boost its market capitalization to more than $3 billion and would see it serve about 40,000 active registered patients. That compares to 63,000 at Canopy Growth Corp. (TSX:WEED), Canada’s largest marijuana company.CanniMed, previously Prairie Plant Systems, was one of the first medical marijuana companies to be granted a Health Canada licence to produce in 2013.last_img read more

Joint Statement by Premier Robinson and Minister Hon Ralph Higgs on Interruption

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#TurksandCaicos, February 5, 2018 – North Caicos –BackgroundPremier Robinson and Hon Ralph Higgs on Thursday past toured Government Offices on North Caicos.  Over the past few weeks, residents of North Caicos have reached out to Premier Robinson and Hon Ralph Higgs, the elected representative for the Twin Islands following the closure of several Government Offices over a period of a few days.The Representatives were informed that the Library, the Clinic and the Immigration Department in Bottle Creek were all closed. On receiving these complaints, both representatives confirmed them to be true with the relevant Department and Ministries.  Minister Higgs traveled to the Island on receiving the news and was not satisfied that enough had been done and urgently enough to restore services that continued disrupted or hampered.  As Minister with responsibility for District Administration and as the elected representative for the Twin Islands, both Premier Robinson and Hon Higgs thought it best to update the members of the community of Bottle Creek on their efforts following a joint visit on Thursday, February 1, 2018.The Joint text is set out below:We are aware that the Environmental Health Department had conducted inspections and had closed the Offices because of the presence of mold.  The unfortunate thing is that the Spaces remained closed in the case of the Library for at least a week before it was cleaned  which no doubt heightened the spread and growth of the mold.  We were able to see during our Tour that all Offices are now cleaned and re – opened (in the case of the Clinic and the Immigration Department) and being prepared to re – open (in the case of the Library).  It is regrettable that the Government – owned Buildings took longer and we are grateful for the quick cleaning carried out by the landlord for the space rented to the Immigration Department.The Bottle Creek Clinic had been temporarily operating from the Library and while efforts were being made to partition for greater privacy, we were informed by the Doctor through our Ministerial colleague that the Building was not suitable.  There was a review of several options (2 premises were considered) on the Island for use and with the new Bottle Creek Clinic proceeding as planned, it was determined that it would not be prudent to spend large sums in retrofitting cost for rented accommodations.  It was also determined that it was inappropriate for the Clinic to continue to operate from its current facility.  Again ROM,  Group of Companies (of which Hon Higgs is a partner) offered its accommodation free of cost and a Paper was submitted to Cabinet for approval.  Since then Cabinet has approved the use of the Building formerly occupied by Digicel.  This Building has been given free of charge for three months while the Ministry of Infrastructure prepare to repair the Clinic that was damaged following the Storm.  District Administration, under the Premier’s Office is assisting with the cost for the Clinic’s relocation and preparation of the new temporary site to be occupied this week.We regret the chain of events and the inconvenience to the residents of the Bottle Creek community and we commit to assisting where can.  Inquiries were made of the Deputy Governor, Mrs Anya Wlliams who did explain to us to the protocol to be followed once an inspection had been carried out and a determination of the kind made as in this instance.  Whilst we recognize the structure in place seeks to remove as it were, political interference in the Public Service, we are of the view that Ministers should be built into certain Protocols and should on an occasion such as this, be officially advised of interruption of government services especially under their Ministries.  Since this experience the Minister of Health has asked to be informed. This we believe will allow all ministerial colleagues to assist where they can.Hon Sharlene L Cartwright RobinsonPremier & Minister of FinanceThe Turks and Caicos Islands Related Items:last_img read more

Howe bullish ahead of Spurs clash

first_imgBournemouth manager Eddie Howe says “we can beat anybody” as he prepares to take his team to Wembley to face Tottenham on Boxing Day.Despite losing five of their last six Premier League games against Tottenham, Howe is confident of a positive result on Wednesday.October 2016 was the last time Bournemouth got a point against Pochettino’s side, in a goalless draw at the Vitality stadium.“We’ve found the games against Tottenham difficult,” Howe told Sky Sports.Christian Eriksen, Tottenham, SpursPochettino: ‘Happy’ Christian Eriksen ready for Spurs action Andrew Smyth – September 12, 2019 Mauricio Pochettino insists Christian Eriksen is “happy” and in the right frame of mind for Tottenham despite his failed summer exit.“They are a very good team and we’ve had some good matches against them.“We haven’t quite been on the right side of the result but we enjoy the challenge and we enjoy these type of moments where we haven’t achieved something yet, but we are working towards it.“As I always say when we are at our best we can beat anybody.”The corresponding fixture last season ended in a 1-0 win for Spurs thanks to Christian Eriksen’s second-half strike.last_img read more

Air India to fly three flights to Tel Aviv every week from

first_imgAir hostesses walk next to the parked Air India’s Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner upon its arrival at the airport in New Delhi September 8, 2012.Reuters fileAir India will be flying three weekly flights to Tel Aviv, Israel from May and also open an office in the financial capital of the country. This follows the visit of Air India chairman Ashwani Lohani to the country early this month.”We are looking forward to the opening of the direct route to Israel in a few months’ time. I believe this will have a positive effect on the tourism traffic between our two countries,” Lohani was quoted as saying by PTI.Last month, low-cost Irish airline Ryanair had said that it will commence services to Tel Aviv from seven European cities.Travel between India and Israel is significantly low when compared to other countries in Asia and this is likely to be addressed by Air India’s operations.”In 2016, there were 44,672 Indian tourists who visited Israel, setting a new record for the highest number of travellers from India. With Air India commencing operations directly to Israel, we are confident of an increase in arrivals in 2017,” Hassan Madah, Director of the Israel Ministry of Tourism in India, said.India and Israel established diplomatic relations on January 29, 1992. 1/2 FIle photo of an EL AL Boeing 777 aircraft at Ben Gurion International Airport near Tel Aviv, Israel July 14, 2015.Reuters fileA Muslim woman wearing a Hijab stands in the Mediterranean Sea as an Israeli woman wearing a bikini stands nearby at a beach in Tel Aviv, Israel August 30, 2016.Reuters filePreviousNextlast_img read more

Bogra youth attempts suicide after killing wife

first_img-A young man has tried to kill himself allegedly after slaughtering newlywed wife at Chak Farid Pramanikpara of the district town.Police recovered the body of Fatema Khatun, 22, wife of Sujon Pramanik, 28, from their bedroom on Wednesday morning and sent it to Shaheed Ziaur Rahman Medical College Hospital for autopsy.Inspector (Investigation) of Sadar police station Aslam Ali said Sujon married Fatema barely a month ago.The newlywed couple went to bed after having their dinner on Tuesday night. “We suspected that Sujon slaughtered Fatema with a sharp weapon and tried to slit his throat,” the police officer said.He also said they took Sujon to the hospital under their custody.Meanwhile, a housewife allegedly slaughtered her husband at Kahpukuria village in Dupchanchia upazila on Tuesday.Police arrested Khadiza Khatun, 35, for killing her husband Shahidul Islam, 42, from the village.Officer-in-charge of Dupchanchia Police Station Abdur Razzak said Khadiza attacked Shahidul with a sharp weapon over a family feud on Tuesday noon, leaving him critically injured.He was taken to Shaheed Ziaur Rahman Medical College Hospital where he succumbed to his injuries in the evening.last_img read more

Two arrest warrants issued against Khaleda Zia

first_img.Two separate Dhaka courts issued arrest warrants against BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia in two separate cases on Thursday.Dhaka Special Court-5 judge Akhtaruzzaman handed down the arrest warrant in Zia Orphanage Trust graft case in response to a petition filed by the state seeking an arrest warrant against her for failing to show up in court.Khaleda Zia’s lawyer Sanaullah Mia told Prothom Alo that Akhtaruzzaman’s court issued the arrest warrant against BNP chairperson for her absence in court.Dhaka Metropolitan magistrate Nur Nabi issued another arrest warrant against the BNP chief in a case filed in 2016 over undermining Bangladesh’s map, its national flag and liberation war.The plaintiff of the case, AB Siddique, said the court on 17 September asked Khaleda Zia to appear before the court on 5 October this year, but she failed to show up.Following her absence, the court has issued the arrest warrant against her, he added.On 3 November 2016, AB Siddique filed the case against former president Ziaur Rahman, and his wife of Khaleda Zia accusing them of defamation.last_img read more

Spain set for crisis talks

first_imgA man walks with the Catalan flag in Barcelona on Tuesday. AFPSpain’s government prepared to hold crisis talks on Wednesday after Catalan leaders signed a suspended declaration of independence and called for dialogue with Madrid.Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy will chair an emergency cabinet meeting in response to Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont’s announcement on Tuesday that he had accepted “the mandate of the people for Catalonia to become an independent republic” following a banned referendum earlier this month.But Puigdemont in his declaration to parliament called for Catalonia’s independence to be suspended to allow for negotiations with Madrid.Rajoy has vowed to use everything in his power to prevent independence and has refused to rule out imposing direct rule over the semi-autonomous region — an unprecedented move many fear could lead to unrest.At stake is the future of a region of 7.5 million people, one of Spain’s economic powerhouses, whose drive to break away has raised concern for stability in the European Union.Crowds of thousands gathered outside the parliament building in Barcelona on Tuesday evening, waving Catalan flags and banners screaming “democracy” in the hope of witnessing a historic night in a region that remains deeply divided over independence.But Spain’s political establishment rounded on Puigdemont following the declaration, and support among separatists in Catalonia was mixed.Deputy prime minister Soraya Saenz de Santamaria told reporters shortly after the signing that Puigdemont was “a person who doesn’t know where he is, where he’s going or with whom he wants to go”.Barcelona resident Maria Rosa Bertran said she was against a delayed secession.”I find it even worse because it is suffering a longer agony. Indecision and uncertainty is the worst thing that can happen to us,” she told AFP.- Unknown consequences -Political leaders in Catalonia, Spain and Europe have come out against secession, concerned over the country’s biggest upheaval in decades.Following his declaration to parliament, Puigdemont and his allies signed an independence declaration outside the chamber, but its legal validity was unclear.Spain and Catalonia now enter into the unknown, as Madrid has repeatedly said independence is not up for discussion.Marc Cazes, a student in Barcelona, said: “I did not expect independence to be declared today because of all the processes that the government of Spain has begun, both with police actions and with threats.”Catalonia pressed ahead with an independence referendum on October 1 that the central government said breached Spain’s constitution.Around 90 percent of those who cast ballots voted for independence but the poll was poorly monitored and many Catalans opposed to secession boycotted what Madrid branded an illegal plebiscite.The crisis has caused deep uncertainty for businesses in one of the wealthiest regions in the eurozone’s fourth-largest economy.Spain’s stock market shed nearly 1.0 percent ahead of Tuesday’s parliamentary session and a string of companies have already moved their legal headquarters — but not their employees — from Catalonia to other parts of the country.The stand-off has also put significant strain on the euro but the single currency was up after Puigdemont’s announcement and held onto gains in Asian trade on Wednesday, buying $1.1815.However, it was still down two cents from its recent highs seen last month, with uncertainty continuing to dog the unit.Stephen Innes, head of Asia-Pacific trading at OANDA, said that while the euro rose it “gained little traction as this is little more than kicking the can down the road. It’s unlikely we’ve heard the last of this debate despite cooler heads prevailing”.Demands for independence in Catalonia, which has its own language and cultural traditions, date back centuries.But a 2010 move by Spain’s Constitutional Court to water down a statute that gave Catalonia additional powers, combined with a deep economic meltdown in Spain, sparked a surge in support for independence.last_img read more

UN honours 3 Bangladeshi women

first_imgInnovative Approach Towards Gender Equality award winners with ILO, UNFPA and UN Women country heads. Photo: UNBThe United Nations has recognised three Bangladeshi women who defied tradition, challenged gender stereotypes and social barriers put in front of them because they are women.They became a successful community activist, an entrepreneur and an employee in a non-traditional sector, empowering many others on the way.At an event hosted by the ILO, UN Women and UNFPA on Thursday, Pushpa Khatun (19), Parvin Akhter (33) and Nasima Akhter (37) received the recognition award from the country heads of the respective UN agencies.The fearless journeys of Pushpa, Parveen and Nasima to transform their lives and that of others resonate with this year’s International Women’s Day theme – ‘Think Equal, Build Smart, Innovate for Change’.As a member of the UNFPA-supported Nari Nirjaton Protirodh Committee and community activist in Bogura, Pushpa Khatun has stopped 13 child marriages, including her own, and provided support to eight victims of domestic violence.She said, “I saw my friends who fall victim to child marriage and saw how it ruined their dreams and aspirations while affecting their physical and mental wellbeing. I didn’t want to be one of them and neither do I want it to happen to others. So here I’m today, doing what I believe in the most – no girl deserves to be a victim of child marriage and no woman should face gender-based violence.”Parvin Akthar was forced into early marriage when she was in school.But with training and seed funding from the UN, she was able to attract financing from a private bank against her business plan. She now runs a small textile factory which employs poor women and caters to Dhaka and UK based clients.She has introduced flexible work hours and a child care facility in her factory to ensure a women-friendly workplace, and also provides sexual harassment training for all her workers.Another awardee, Nasima Akhter, was an overseas worker who returned home and took a vocational course in electronics.Nasima is currently employed as a quality controller at an international appliance company.Her job as a technician is considered to be a non-traditional career for women, but it provides for her son’s education.Nasima says, “I felt lucky to have received skills training at an ‘older’ age. My dream is to be a supervisor in the production floor of this factory.”Around 31 million women in Bangladesh are not engaged in education, employment or training according to labour force data.Addressing this issue, country director of ILO Bangladesh Tuomo Poutiainen said women face multiple challenges in attaining quality education and in finding decent employment. “The ILO, through its skills development programme in Bangladesh, is creating opportunities for women of all ages to access vocational education and training and find job placement.””We have to create an environment where women can thrive as entrepreneurs by removing structural barriers such as gender-bias that banks have towards financing women’s businesses and increasing government investment in women-friendly public services such as child care that would free up women’s time,” said Shoko Ishikawa, country representative, UN Women.Speaking at the event, UNFPA representative Asa Torkelsson said, “Clearly, women’s access to reproductive health has been a game changer for women’s economic empowerment across the world, and in Bangladesh too.”Government officials, diplomats and representatives from UN agencies, development partners, civil society, the private sector, employers’ and workers’ organisations attended the programme which started with a panel discussion followed by a cultural event. UN honours 3 Bangladeshi womenlast_img read more