Plea in HC for putting on hold DDCA elections

first_imgNew Delhi, Jun 22 (PTI) A plea was today moved in the Delhi High Court seeking a stay on the elections scheduled to be held on June 30 for selecting the managing committee of the Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA).The petition came up for hearing before Justice A K Chawla who said that since the issue of elections in the cricketing body was earlier dealt with by a division bench, a similar bench should hear the instant matters. It listed the matter for hearing before a larger bench on June 25.The petition by Ravi Mehra has sought that the DDCA elections should not be held till the finalisation of the constitution of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI).Mehra claimed that after finalisation of the BCCI constitution, changes may be required in the DDCA’s amended Articles of Association (AoA) which were proposed by court-appointed administrator — former Supreme Court judge Vikramajit Sen — and approved by the high court on March 23.Besides this plea, two separate petitions were moved by persons whose candidature for the post of Treasurer in the cricketing body was rejected in accordance with the amended AoAs which provide for a cooling off period after demitting a post in DDCA.The two petitions were moved by Ajay Sharma and Dinesh Saini seeking that they be permitted to contest the DDCA polls.Advocate Pradeep Chhindra, appearing for the administrator, contended that the two petitions were not maintainable.In the elections to be held on June 30 to select the cricketing body’s executive committee, former India Test player and Delhi legend Madan Lal Sharma, noted journalist Rajat Sharma and senior advocate Vikas Singh are vying for the post of President.advertisementPushpendra Chauhan, the younger brother of former India Test opener Chetan Chauhan, is contesting for the post of joint secretary, while Rajan Manchanda, younger brother of former treasurer Ravinder Manchanda, is also a contender for the same post.The high court on April 15 had directed the DDCA Administrator to convene the cricketing body’s annual general body meeting and hold elections for its managing committee by June 30.The administrator for proper functioning of the DDCA was appointed during the hearing of a 2010 petition of the cricketing body seeking occupancy certificate from South Delhi Municipal Corporation to hold matches at the Feroz Shah Kotla ground.The DDCA is yet to obtain a final structural stability certificate for its Feroz Shah Kotla stadium’s old club house also known as R P Mehra block.On March 23, the high court had dismissed the objections raised by members of the controversy-ridden DDCA against amendments, like the abolition of proxy voting, to the AoA proposed the administrator.The proposed amendments also included making players’ representatives and women a part of its governing body, laying down eligibility conditions for being appointed as an office-bearer or director and affiliated clubs being required to provide details of disbursement of funds provided by DDCA and submit accounts to it.DDCA’s general body, at a meeting held in September last year, had in a resolution rejected almost all the amendments proposed by the administrator.Rejecting the DDCA general body’s objections to the amendments, like capping of tenure of posts at nine years, the high court said the objective of ensuring that the same people or a clutch of individuals do not maintain their control over sport bodies like cricket associations “is to encourage budding talent and promote fresh blood, not only in the sport, but also in the management of its affairs”. PTI HMP RKS ARC ARClast_img read more

Tajinderpal Singh Toor’s father dies before seeing son’s Asian Games gold

first_imgTajinderpal Singh Toor’s Asian Games 2018 gold medal in shot put was India’s first in athletics and the boy from Punjab achieved the same by smashing the Games Record and the National Record in his fifth attempt with a throw of 20.75.After the victory, Toor had dedicated the gold medal to his father, who he relieved had been battling with cancer for the past two years. He had said, “A lot of sacrifices have been made by my family and friends and all those have paid off today [August 25].”Toor wanted to meet his ailing father and fulfil his wish of holding the gold medal earned by his son for the country. However, in a heartbreaking turn of events, Toor’s father Karam Singh passed away right before his son would have made it to him.Toor reached the Delhi airport on Monday night and was on his way to the hotel when he received the sad news of his father’s demise.READ – Father battling cancer but my family allowed me to chase my dream: Tajinderpal SinghAfter winning the gold medal, Toor had said, “Now I will meet my dad but I will be there for only two days.” Unfortunately, he could not make it to his father in time.Toor was aware of his father’s ill health and was in a hurry to reach Moga, Punjab but the news reached him before that.Athletics Federation of India (AFI) took to Twitter to express their condolences to Toor and his family.advertisement”AFI is in deep shock.We received Tejinder Toor,our Asian Shot Put Champion Gold Medalist at the airport last night & as he was on his way to hotel, sad news of his father’s demise reached us. May his soul rest in eternal peace. Our heartfelt condolences to Tajinder & his family,” AFI said.AFI is in deep shock.We received Tejinder Toor,our Asian Shot Put Champion Gold Medalist at the airport last night & as he was on his way to hotel, sad news of his father’s demise reached us. May his soul rest in eternal peace. Our heartfelt condolences to Tajinder & his family. pic.twitter.com/ZmtAvrhh3rAthletics Federation of India (@afiindia) September 4, 2018Toor’s gold medal was the eigth for India in men’s shot put in the history of the Asian Games.Also read – Asian Games 2018: Tajinderpal Singh Toor wins gold in shot put with Games RecordThe 23-year-old is also Asia’s highest ranked shotputter and produced an inspired throw of 19.96 in his very first attempt and then followed it up with a throw of 19.15. He though failed in his third attempt but he was not done and had three throws left. He shot 19.96 in this fourth, and in his next broke the game and national record. He capped off a fine performance with another throw of 20.Yang Liu of China came second with a best throw of 19.52 (in his third attempt) and Ivan Ivanov of Kazakhstan finished in third with a best of 19.40.Toor had won silver at the Asian Championships held in Bhubaneswar back in 2017 and had finished eight in the 2018 Commonwealth Games held in Gold Coast in Australia.last_img read more

10 months agoSacked Fulham boss Jokanovic ready for management return

first_imgSacked Fulham boss Jokanovic ready for management returnby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveSacked Fulham boss Slavisa Jokanovic is ready to return to football.Jokanovic was sacked by Fulham last month and already looks refreshed and recharged and is looking forward to his first Christmas with his family in years.“I am open, I am looking around and I am one of the first coaches to lose my job but I can be one of the first to get a new job,” he told the Mirror. “It will be a strange situation for me because I can enjoy Christmas with my family, spend some time with my children and it will be a little bit different to so many past Christmases!“I’ve had four years with no rest, I’m not tired but I also try to find something that is interesting and a plan to be successful. I live a good life, it’s not about money, I want to find a way for success.“I am rested, I am ready and hope to find something interesting for myself. I want to carry on working, it’s my profession and I hope I will find work for the next 20 years. Where? This world is so big that I cannot give you answers.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Rahul may offer to step down

first_imgNew Delhi: The highest policy-making body of the Indian National Congress will introspect on the humiliating defeat in the Lok Sabha poll when it meets on Saturday morning.Meanwhile, senior working committee members are rejecting the idea of a change of leadership in the party in the wake of the setback of the party. Sources also said that Congress president Rahul Gandhi may offer to quit from the post of party president but they were sure that it would not be accepted. Also Read – Dussehra with a ‘green’ twistThere is a proposal to hold an either “chintan” or “manthan” meeting of all the top leaders of the party very soon. It might be “Panchmari-2” type of conclave where the importance of coalition politics would be the main theme. At the Panchmari conclave, Congress had taken a decision of not going for an alliance with a caste-based party which was overruled by the Congress president Sonia Gandhi in Shimla conclave before the 2004 Lok Sabha poll. At Saturday’s CWC, UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi and general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra would be present to take stock the current political scenario of the country after the poll debacle. Also Read – India receives its first Rafale fighter jet from FranceIn the meantime, many state party chiefs have sent their resignations from the party post. Uttar Pradesh state party chief Raj Babbar, Odisha state president Niranjan Pattanayak had sent their resignation to AICC. But one senior leader has asked other state party presidents to not follow suit as it would put psychological pressure on the party president who is smarting over his defeat in Amethi. Many of the party leaders feel that only Rahul Gandhi can be held responsible for the party’s dismal showing. However, in Kerala and Tamil Nadu, the party has fared extremely well due to Gandhi’s decision to contest from Wayanad in Kerala.last_img read more

Barring 2005 deluge MonTue Mum rainfall highest since 1974

first_imgMumbai: The rainfall in the 24-hour period before 8.30 am Tuesday was the highest since the July 26, 2005 deluge in Mumbai, officials said. The rainfall during the 24-hour period was 375.2 mm, the official said, quoting data from the Santa Cruz-based Mumbai Regional Centre of the IMD. Barring the 2005 flooding of Mumbai, the highest rainfall in a single day in the metropolis was on July 5, 1974. The rainfall recorded by the Santa Cruz observatory on that day was also 375.2 mm. Also Read – Balakot strikes show major shift in govt’s handling of terror attacks: IAF chief Rain fury has claimed 27 lives in Maharashtra, including 18 in a wall collapse in Mumbai. The authorities have declared a holiday Tuesday in the city and adjoining regions, asking people to avoid stepping out of their houses. Eighteen people were killed and over 50 injured in a wall collapse in the northern suburb of Malad in Mumbai early Tuesday following heavy rains. In Pune, six labourers were killed and three injured after a wall collapsed in Ambegaon area late Monday night. A wall collapse in Kalyan in Thane district early Tuesday killed three people, officials said.last_img read more

Li Bingbing And Lily Tomlin Join Elephant Parade

first_imgLi Bingbing, Lily Tomlin and Loree Rodkin join a powerful cast of celebrity supporters and artists amassing to save the Asian elephant during Elephant Parade: Welcome to America.After stops in London, Milan, Amsterdam and Singapore, The Resorts of Dana Point will now host the US debut of the international open-air art exhibition featuring dozens of colorfully decorated life-sized baby elephant sculptures.From international film stars and Hollywood legends, to jewelry designers and fashion icons, this grassroots movement turned global crusade has corporate and celebrity supporters focused on the future of the endangered Asian elephant.“We are thrilled to welcome Li Bingbing, Lily Tomlin and Loree Rodkin onboard for the American debut of Elephant Parade,” said Mike Spits, co-founder of Elephant Parade. “Their passion for conservation is inspiring and we look forward to unveiling their elephants in Dana Point.”Once the ten-week exhibition in Dana Point is complete, the custom artworks will be auctioned with proceeds benefitting The Asian Elephant Foundation and supporting a variety of preservation programs across Asia.
International Film Star Li Bingbing is well known for role in her achievements both on and off the screen. Throughout her life, Bingbing has been involved in charitable efforts through her work as an UNEP Goodwill Ambassador and WWF Earth Hour Global Ambassador. Bingbing, who has starred in a number of high-profile English-language films including Resident Evil, The Forbidden Kingdom, and the upcoming Transformers sequel, joins Elephant Parade to raise international awareness about the plight of the Asian elephant.
Lily Tomlin, an Oscar nominee and one of America’s iconic comediennes, continues to venture across an ever-widening range of media, starring in television, theater, motion pictures, animation and video. In 2013, Tomlin narrated the HBO documentary An Apology to Elephants, a film that explores the abusive and inhumane treatment of captive elephants. The film also demonstrates the elephants’ importance to ecosystems and the dangers facing wild elephants worldwide, including habitat destruction and tusk poaching. Loree Rodkin blurs the lines between modern and medieval with her visionary approach to jewelry design. Her old-world artisans have handcrafted specialty pieces for countless Hollywood stars including Cher, Lady Gaga and Madonna. Rodkin made history when she designed First Lady Michelle Obama’s inaugural jewelry, pieces set for permanent display in the Smithsonian.Previous top-tier supporters include Katy Perry, Isaac Mizrahi, Tommy Hilfiger, Goldie Hawn, Diane von Furstenberg, and Joss Stone, among many others. The exhibition is also launching two other events this summer in Trier-Luxembourg and another touring over 14 major cities across the United Kingdom.Elephant Parade was founded in 2006 by father and son team, Marc and Mike Spits. While on holiday in Thailand, Marc was introduced to a baby elephant named Mosha, who became the world’s first elephant to be fitted with a prosthetic limb after stepping on a landmine. Her inspired journey helped build the foundation for the socially-conscious business enterprise, Elephant Parade.“We’ve created a social enterprise built on a successful model of art, business and charity resulting in very tangible, timely preservation efforts,” commented Mike Spits, co-founder of Elephant Parade. “If we don’t take action now, the Asian elephant could become extinct in just a few short decades.”Proceeds from Elephant Parade full size exposition statue sales and an additional 20% of the Elephant Parade net profits are donated to The Asian Elephant Foundation, which financially supports and actively monitors projects for the welfare of the Asian elephant.To date, Elephant Parade has raised more than $6 million for Asian elephant conservation and approximately 8 million people worldwide have experienced the expositions.Source:PR Newswirelast_img read more

Little Big Town To Be Honored At GRAMMYs On The Hill Awards

first_imgOn April 18, the Recording Academy will celebrate 20 years of advocacy in Washington, D.C., by honoring Karen Fairchild, Kimberly Schlapman, Phillip Sweet, and Jimi Westbrook of three-time GRAMMY winners Little Big Town at the annual GRAMMYs on the Hill Awards.Little Big Town’s contributions to the music industry align with some of the Recording Academy’s key advocacy and organizational causes, including advocating for music education and supporting MusiCares, a charity founded by the Academy that provides a safety net of support for the music community. The evening will also feature a performance by the band.Uniting the worlds of music and politics, GRAMMYs on the Hill also recognizes legislators who have improved the environment for music by advocating for music creators’ rights. The 2018 congressional honorees are Rep. Judy Chu (D-Calif.), a long-time champion of music creators, and Rep. Doug Collins (R-Ga.), author of the songwriter-focused Music Modernization Act (H.R. 4706) and a senior member of the House Judiciary Committee. Chu and Collins also both serve as co-chairs of the Congressional Creative Rights Caucus.“Little Big Town’s advocacy efforts, coupled with the legislative momentum on Capitol Hill to protect creators, further the Academy’s vision of a brighter future for music — something the Recording Academy has been championing since its inception, and made an even greater commitment to when it established its D.C. offices in 1998,” said Recording Academy President/CEO Neil Portnow. “We also are privileged to recognize the significant contributions of Reps. Chu and Collins, who have long supported the creative community’s right to be fairly compensated and to have meaningful copyright protections, advocating for the current comprehensive legislation, and supporting our continuing campaign for a terrestrial performance right.”“We’re honored to stand alongside the Academy and Reps. Chu and Collins in speaking out and protecting an industry that has done so much for us,” said Sweet.“Music is healing and powerful, and music education gives our children an outlet for expression that is absolutely necessary for their overall growth and well-being,” continued Fairchild. “We will continue to do our part to protect music education, songwriters, recordings, and the artists who bring them to life.”Don Henley, Jennifer Hudson, Alicia Keys, John Mayer, Keith Urban, and Zac Brown Band are all past honorees at the GRAMMYs on the Hill Awards. Previous GRAMMYs on the Hill congressional honorees include former Vice President Joe Biden; Sens. Hillary Clinton (D-N.Y.), Susan Collins (R-Maine), Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), Ted Kennedy (D-Mass.), John McCain (R-Ariz.), and Tom Udall (D-N.M.); and House Leaders Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) and Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.).The awards dinner and show will take place at the Hamilton Live in Washington, D.C., and will feature unique live performances and musical surprises. The GRAMMYs on the Hill Awards are sponsored by music rights organization SESAC Inc.The following day, April 19, the Recording Academy will host the annual GRAMMYs on the Hill Advocacy Day, Capitol Hill’s largest and most prestigious legislative event for music creators. This year’s Advocacy Day will feature current and past GRAMMY winners and nominees, along with other esteemed industry leaders from across the country visiting with lawmakers to discuss important issues facing today’s music creators.Key issues that will be discussed with members of Congress as a part of the Academy’s Advocacy Day include the need for comprehensive music legislation that benefits all creators — performers, songwriters, producers, and engineers — and brings copyright law into the 21st century. This would include recognizing producers as part of copyright law, setting market-based rate standards for songwriters and performers, and closing the pre-1972 loophole to ensure all artists are paid what they deserve, no matter when their music was created. The Recording Academy has worked tirelessly to gain support for comprehensive music copyright reform within the music industry and among legislators, testifying before the House Judiciary Committee in 2014 and calling for a music omnibus bill. The Academy is pleased that the House Judiciary Committee plans to markup a comprehensive bill the week preceding the event.For more information about GRAMMYs on the Hill and to stay up-to-date on the latest Recording Academy advocacy efforts, visit www.grammy.com/advocacy.last_img read more

Haitian relief efforts have long way to go despite improvement – UN

“We have a long way to go before we can feel satisfied about that,” the UN Emergency Relief Coordinator John Holmes told reporters at UN Headquarters in New York.For the most part potable water is being shipped to the people who need it, but there are major concerns over the distribution of food, said Mr. Holmes, who is also the Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs.The World Food Programme (WFP) has been working night and day to reach around 600,000 people to date with the equivalent of 16 million meals, an effort which will be considerably scaled up to reach 2 million people in the next two weeks through food distribution sites.“This will involve the distribution of some 10 million kilos of rice to over 400,000 households, which is the equivalent of 2 million people. This is just in the Port-au-Prince area,” he said, referring to the capital.Food deliveries are also slated to be trucked directly to around 400 orphanages and hospitals altogether over the 14 day period, he added. Mr. Holmes noted that the initial phase for Haitians in need of emergency surgical operations is largely over, but concerns remain over those who have undergone surgery and who need intensive care. “They don’t have homes to go to in many cases and that’s something being addressed.” Current estimates of 2,000 amputee cases in Haiti as a result of injuries sustained in the 12 January earthquake are likely to rise, Paul Garwood of the World Health Organization (WHO) told a press briefing in Geneva earlier in the day.“Clearly there would be a longer-term problem about how to cope with the large number of amputees in terms of artificial limbs and rehabilitation, but that’s a slightly longer-term issue, but one [that] we’re very conscious of as well,” said Mr. Holmes.He said that rather than create large camps for displaced persons, the focus is to help provide shelter to where people have fled in the capital and other large cities, stressing that there are some 500 informal settlements scattered around Port-au-Prince alone.The UN is making sure people have either tents, or other materials, including plastic sheeting, tarpaulins and wood to help create temporary shelters. Some people are starting from scratch on open ground and many are living on the land by their destroyed houses.“In this context, sanitation is a particular concern at the moment,” said Mr. Holmes. “There is a need to provide sanitation particularly to these informal camps around Port-au-Prince and elsewhere.”In addition, Mr. Holmes underscored the need to boost child protection. “This is a huge concern at the moment with so many children involved, so many orphaned and separated or otherwise isolated and the risks to them from unauthorized attempts to get them out of the country.”At the press briefing in Geneva, Veronique Taveau of the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said that security is being strengthened in hospitals, orphanages, at the border crossing with the Dominican Republic and at the airport, and the UN mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) is conducting investigations into alleged kidnappings of children.Mr. Holmes noted that the $575 million UN flash appeal for Haiti launched three days after the quake is 82 per cent funded, Mr. Holmes announced, expressing some concern that certain areas – including early recovery, the cash-for-work scheme, agriculture and nutrition – remain under-funded. Although only around $3 million of the $41 million of the cash-for-work programme has been funded to date, Mr. Holmes said the funding will increase shortly. “At the moment 12,500 are already employed under this UNDP [UN Development Programme] cash-for-work scheme. That should reach 20,000 by the end of the weekend and the aim is to eventually reach 200,000 people.” 29 January 2010The emergency relief operation in Haiti continues to make progress on a daily basis although considerable logistical restraints have meant large numbers of people suffering from the impact of the devastating 7.0-magnitude earthquake have not yet received the aid they need, the United Nations humanitarian chief said today. read more

Gas prices spike

There’s another price hike at the pumps.A litre of regular unleaded gasoline is selling just shy of $1.40 at most outlets across southern Ontario. That’s an increase of just more than a penny from yesterday.Prices have jumped about seven cents in the past week. The record high for gasoline prices in the GTA, Hamilton, Halton and Niagara was set on May 11, 2011 when prices peaked at $1.41 a litre. It’s expected prices will break that record this month. In 2011, prices in Montreal reached $1.49 a litre.Some industry observers blame the price spike on several closed refineries in the United States that have contributed to a lower supply.

Robin Hood gangster on the run taunts police with stepbystep guide on

The video says: “Hire a plane out of the UK. When out of the UK try to blend in. Jump a boat to Morocco. Have your mate meet you at your destination. Have to drive through Africa’s roads at night. Leave the hotel to go to the capital. Get on another boat in Africa.” The people in the slums yesterday taking time out from trying to clean to get a photo with me. It’s a never ending battle as 100 of them can spend a day tryin to get all the rubbish to make it a better place to live but later on the tide and rubbish comes in and floods the slums pic.twitter.com/KgQ2f3mLxl— Sam Walker (@samwalker0151) May 31, 2018 Walker seemed irritated by the warrant for his arrest, and tweeted: “Here’s how to get out the UK when you need to get to Africa to fulfill a promise to the people in the slums but your wanted by UK police and no they will nick you at the airport if you attempt to leave.”Walker is allegedly taking part in charity work in Africa, and during his trip claims to have met the vice president of Sierra Leone, as well as the president’s wife.He said he has been installing fresh water pipes for the slums, tweeting: “The people in the slums finding out they no longer have to drink dirty water or risk their babies lives. Clean water is being fitted within 7 days. Work started today to fit it. My question is why can’t these charities do this. People donate millions. I’ve come by myself an done it” Cheshire Police said in a statement: “We can confirm that Sam Walker failed to appear at Chester Magistrates Court on 20 April in relation to a disqualified driving offence.”We are aware of the social media post and are reviewing it.” Some of the men in this picture were forced by the armed rebels to become child soldiers during the civil war in Sierra Leone. Their initiation was that they were forced to kill their families. Today they want to lead normal lives. Video of them talking about their past soon. pic.twitter.com/dWjS4AeSSw— Sam Walker (@samwalker0151) May 30, 2018 It ends with him smiling on a beach and gloating: “Better luck trying to catch me when I go out of the country next time, Merseyside Police.”However, it is not Merseyside Police, but Cheshire Police, who are seeking to arrest him for allegedly skipping court after being accused of breaking a driving ban. A wanted man has taunted police by posting his step-by-step guide on how to leave the country on social media.Sam Walker, who has over ten thousand followers on Twitter, is wanted by Cheshire Police and missed a mandated court date after fleeing to Africa to “do charity work.”The 34-year-old  from Liverpool successfully left the country without being apprehended by police, and posted a video where he grins as he lays out his guide.During the video, he hires a private jet to Belgium, takes another flight to Barcelona and then hitches a ride on a cargo ship, describing it as a “little 14-hour trip” to Morocco.He then drove across Sahara, Mauritania and Senegal to Guinea before taking another boat to Freetown.The self-described “Robin Hood” said he had to flee the country to fulfill a promise to fit fresh water pipes in the slums of Sierra Leone. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

Prince Harry thanks legend Gareth Thomas for helping to break the stigma

In response, Prince William replied on twitter: “Courageous as ever – legend on the pitch and legend off it. You have our support Gareth. W.”Mr Thomas has been working with the Terrence Higgins Trust, the UK’s biggest HIV and sexual health charity, since his condition was diagnosed. On Sunday night he told the Daily Mirror he plans to work with the Duke of Sussex to fight the spread of the virus.Prince Harry said: “Gareth, you are an absolute legend. In sharing your story of being HIV+, you are saving lives and shattering stigma, by showing you can be strong and resilient while living with HIV.” Speaking to the Telegraph five hours into a 12-hour Iron Man event in Tenby, South Wales, in which Mr Thomas was a competitor, Mr Green said: “When he came out of the sea there was a massive amount of goodwill for him. Up until this event he couldn’t swim, so he’s extraordinarily tenacious.”“He fitter now than he’s ever been. It’s about shifting the narrative. If people think that somebody with HIV is going to get sick and be unwell, that’s not the case anymore.”To do this mad thing the day after he talked about his HIV status is symbolic of his wish to challenge stereotypes.”Antiretroviral therapy has been available since 1996 but it has only been in the last 10 years or so that medical advances have enabled people with HIV to expect a normal life expectancy, rather than just prolonging their lives. “Within sport there are still challenges, as there are in wider society,” Mr Green said. “Medical advances have moved on dramatically in relation to HIV but what we have not seen is a shift in the stigma that’s still associated. Gareth’s willingness to tell his story is going to have a massive impact on de-stigmatising HIV. Prince Harry has paid tribute to Gareth Thomas as the rugby star has said he was blackmailed into revealing his HIV status.The Duke of Sussex and his brother Prince William offered their support to the former Wales and Lions wing, calling him a “legend” after he made the announcement. In a video released on Twitter Mr Thomas said he had been forced to reveal his status as others had been threatening to do so. Speaking directly to the camera he said: “I want to share my secret with you. Why? Because it’s mine to tell you. Not the evils that make my life hell, threatening to tell you before I do, and because I believe in you and I trust you.”His voice almost breaking, the Welsh rugby star continued: “I’m living with HIV. Now you have that information that makes me extremely vulnerable, but it does not make me weak”. “The challenge is about outdated information. Many people go back to the tombstone advertisement of the 1980s – and that was right for the time – but things have changed massively since then but people’s knowledge hasn’t changed.”A YouGov poll in the UK for World AIDS day in 2018 found 50 per cent of people would feel reluctance dating somebody with HIV and a third of respondents thought HIV could be passed on by kissing, which has never been the case. Speaking exclusively to the Telegraph, Ian Green, Chief Executive at the Terrence Higgins Trust, said Mr Thomas had been relieved to be able to tell his story the way he wanted it to be told and said the reaction had been overwhelming.“Every response that I have seen has been very positive and affirming and I know he will be extraordinarily touched by that,” he said“The decision he has taken over his HIV status is one he is happy with and he wants to be in control of that because it’s his story.” Prince Harry Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Former Wales rugby captain Gareth Thomas who is taking part in a 140-mile Ironman triathlon, a day after revealing he is HIV positive. Photo taken Jan 21, 2007.Credit:Anthony Devlin/PA Former Wales rugby captain Gareth Thomas who is taking part in a 140-mile Ironman triathlon, a day after revealing he is HIV positive. Photo taken Jan 21, 2007. He said he had been “forced” to reveal his HIV status but said he had “chosen to fight to educate and break the stigma.”“I’m asking you to help me to show that everyone lives in fear of people’s reactions and opinions to something about them, but that doesn’t mean we should have to hide.”  Prince HarryCredit:REUTERS read more

TOP 10 MISSED TARGETS 201617 Kopljar Hens Zeitz…

The end of the season 2016/2017 is the right moment to put some light also on the TOP 10 list of the “missed targets” – transfers which weren’t so efficient for the clubs in the season behind us.Every year, Handball-Planet.com, after list of the “BEST BUY”, announcing the list of “missed targets”, the group of players who didn’t fullfill expectations in their new teams based on their quality, experience or just potential.It is questionable, whether teams made mistakes, players had no enough time to adapt or they got injured, but season 2016/2017 wasn’t good enough for certain names to “avoid” our yearly list.TOP 10 “MISSED TARGETS” 2016/2017:Marko Kopljar, right back (FC Barcelona Lassa, Spain – Telekom Veszprem,Hungary)Pascal Hens, left back (HC Midtjylland – HBW Balingen-Weilstetten, Germany)Christian Zeitz, right back (Telekom Veszprem – THW Kiel, Germany)Antonio Garcia Robledo, left back (PICK Szeged – KIF Kolding-København, Denmark)Dean Bombac, playmaker  (PICK Szeged – KS Vive Tauron Kielce, Poland)Luka Stepancic, right back (PPD Zagreb – Paris Saint-Germain, France)Angel Montoro Cabello, right back  (Wisla Plock, Poland – Naturhouse La Rioja)Phillip Stenmalm, left back (Naturhouse La Rioja, Spain – KIF Kolding-København)Gábor Ancsin, right back (MOL-Pick Szeged, Hungary – Telekom Veszprem,Hungary)Blaž Blagotinšek, line player (RK Celje Pivovarna Lasko, Slovenia – Telekom Veszprem, Hungary)TOP 10 “missed targets” 2015/2016: Jicha, Kopljar, Jurkiewicz…TOP 10 “missed targets” 2014/2015: Snorri, Cyril, Zeitz, Prince William…TOP 10 “MISSED TARGETS” 2013/2014: Csaszar, Gojun, Kraus, “Air France”…PHOTO: SEHA GAZPROM LEAGUE, © Melczer Zsolt ← Previous Story TOP 20 “BEST BUY” 2016/2017: Nedim Remili is the KING of the season! Next Story → Telekom Veszprem – 25th Hungarian title! TOP 10 MISSED TARGETSworst handball transfers read more

Michael OLeary takes customer service to a new level by checking boarding

first_imgRYANAIR’S MICHAEL O’LEARY is taking customer service serious these days. Today the chief executive was on hand to check the boarding passes from passengers on their way to London.In October, the outspoken Ryanair boss said he was willing to change and wanted to look after his customers more.A day’s workHe admitted he had “made mistakes” in the past in terms of the company’s approach to customer service was going to change for the better.Who knew that he took his message to heart so much.Pajo Fenton took this photo today at Terminal 1 at Dublin Airport and said O’Leary was helping check in a flight to Gatwick. Unfortunately, Pajo said his Ryanair flight to Stansted was delayed by an hour and a half.A spokesperson for Ryanair confirmed that O’Leary was indeed rubbing shoulders with his passenger, stating:Yes, from time to time Michael likes to check boarding passes at the gate, so that he can personally tell our passengers that we love them just as much as they love us. (Image via Pajo Fenton)Read: Don’t hold back: Ryanair want your ideas on how to ‘further’ improve customer service>Read: “I’ve made mistakes…I have to change those rough edges” – Michael O’Leary>last_img read more

Surface Windows 8 Pro launches February 9 for 899

first_imgMicrosoft has confirmed that the Surface Windows 8 Pro (usually known as the Surface Pro) will be available to purchase on February 9. The tablet — which, unlike the Surface RT, is actually a full-fledged laptop — will be available across the US and Canada initially through a range of stores including Staples, Best Buy, Future Shop, and of course Microsoft’s own stores and online. As for price, you’ll pay the expected $899 for the 64GB model, and $999 for the 128GB model.The Surface Windows 8 Pro is by no means cheap, but you are getting laptop components in a tablet form-factor. The Surface Pro is powered by an Ivy Bridge Core i5 processor with Intel’s latest HD 4000 graphics and coupled with 4GB RAM. The display is a 10.6-inch 16:9 panel capable of a 1920×1080 resolution and 10-point multitouch.Other features include two 720p HD Lifecams, a USB 3.0 port, microSDXC, mini DisplayPort, headphone jack, stereo speakers, cover port, microphone, ambient light sensor, accelerometer, gyroscope, compass, and support for Bluetooth 4.0 and 802.11 a/b/g/n. Powering the unit is a 42W-h battery. The battery life of which has yet to be confirmed, but is expected to only manage 4.5 hours.Microsoft has managed to cram the components into a dark titanium-colored VaporMg case that measures 275 x 173 x 13.5 mm. The Pro ships with a kickstand for hands-free use, and Microsoft has seen fit to include a Surface pen as standard, allowing you to write directly on the screen and keep the touchscreen fingerprint-free.The big advantage the Surface Windows 8 Pro has over the Surface RT Best Price at Amazon is its ability to run standard Windows desktop apps. When combined with a Touch Cover the Pro can effectively replace a Windows 8 laptop in terms of functionality. And to support that Microsoft has announced three new Limited Edition Touch Covers in red, magenta, and cyan that will add a further $129.99 to your spend.If you’re interested in picking up a Pro outside of the US and Canada, you’re going to have to wait a while. Microsoft says 13 other markets will be getting the Surface RT soon, but hasn’t confirmed those locations yet. The launch of the Pro elsewhere will most likely come down to production, and how much stock Microsoft has to spare after the initial launch.last_img read more

HAPPENING NOW No Domestic Fire Unit in Grand Turk Familys home in

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTurks and Caicos, Grand Turk, July 13th 2017: A fire at a residence right now in Grand Turk, and the family is reportedly losing everything.The fire in North Backsalina has been burning about 45 minutes now and the owners are just watching as all goes up in flames.The Capital Island still has no domestic fire unit.  The airport fire team, we are told is unable to come to the rescue as there are flights on the ground.The fire is devouring the Missick family house; which is just across the street from the home of the area’s MP and the country’s Health Minister,  Edwin Astwood. Everyone is safe.#MagneticMediaNews#NoFireUnitInGrandTurkToBlameForFamilyHomeGone Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

Birth defects tied to chemical found in macaroni and cheese study says

first_imgA box of  macaroni and cheese could do more harm than good due to harmful chemicals found in the popular food.A recent study by the Coalition for Safer Food Processing and Packaging said the chemicals phthalates  can be found in macaroni and cheese dishes containing powdered cheese.Small children and pregnant women can be put at risk because the chemical can affect male hormones and have been associated with genital birth defects in infant boys, according to the New York Times. The same chemical can also cause learning and behavioral problems in children.“Although not intentionally added to food, phthalates are ‘indirect’ food additives when they escape from food contact materials,” the study said. “Phthalates tend to be found at higher levels in highly processed or fatty foods.”Thirty cheese products were tested in the study and phthalates were found in all but one of them, but the study found more than four times the amount in the macaroni and cheese powder than in hard blocks of cheese.Nine of the cheese products tested were produced by Kraft, according to the Times.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Swim Coachs Fiancée Pushes on After Homicide

first_imgJamese Harvey was engaged to marry Zaan Scott, a well-known community swim instructor, before he was shot and wounded on April 9 in Southeast, Washington, D.C. On May 17, Scott, 24, died from his injuries and on June 26 authorities determined the death was a homicide.Zaan Scott and his fiancée Jamese Harvey. (Courtesy Photo)According to the Metropolitan Police Department, Scott was shot in the back around 9:08 p.m. in the 1300 Block of Southern Avenue, SE. Police said they received reports of an aggravated assault in the area and found Scott suffering from a gunshot wound upon their arrival. Scott was transported to a local hospital for treatment. The violent incident left him paralyzed.“I’m excited to give him some type of legal justice,” Harvey said. “I want him to rest beautifully.”Officials said they are still searching for suspects involved in the fatal shooting. “The investigation into this case is still active,” a spokesperson for the Metropolitan Police Department, Karimah Bilal, told the AFRO on June 27. “However preliminary information suggests the motive stemmed from a robbery.”Loved ones of Scott describe the swim coach at William H. Rumsey Aquatic Center on Capitol Hill as humble and kind. Scott’s fiancée told the AFRO on June 28 that she had been in a relationship with Scott for more than two years, after meeting at a staff meeting at the aquatic center.“We did everything together,” Harvey said.Harvey, 25, hasn’t returned to her job as a lifeguard at the Wilson Aquatic Center in Northwest D.C. since Scott’s death, because, she said, her job as a rescuer is now too difficult. Scott was released from the hospital and was recovering at home when he died. Harvey said she performed CPR on Scott on May 17 for 20 minutes trying to save him before he was taken to the hospital, “[After that] you are done saving lives,” she cried.Harvey grew up in foster care in Southeast D.C., and although she still lives in the area she no longer feels safe and it’s a constant reminder of Scott. “I’m ready to start over,” she said. “I can’t even take a walk without crying.”According to Harvey, on April 9, she and Scott both had the day off work. Scott went to a baseball game with some friends, and was planning to have dinner with Harvey afterwards. Scott was walking home when he was shot.She said officers were quick to respond to the crime scene, but there was a discussion between Prince George’s County Police and D.C. Police about the jurisdiction of the shooting. The sidewalk where Scott was shot is in Southeast, D.C., but it was along the border with Prince George’s County, Harvey said.“Officers on both sides need to be proactive,” she said. Harvey said police presence in violent areas may have increased, but it would be helpful if there were more patrol officers riding bikes or walking the streets, instead of sitting in patrol cars. “Police officers are not rescue ready,” she said.According to Harvey, Scott grew up in and out of shelters in D.C. and was very close to his grandparents. Harvey plans to launch a foundation for sheltered young men in honor of Scott.last_img read more

Less Is More For Intel Vaunt Smart Glasses

first_imgStay on target Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Intel may have finally cracked the case of the impractical smart glasses.The new Vaunt prototype forgos the clunky camera, LCD screen, speaker, and gesture controls of its predecessors.Instead, it features a traditional, unassuming exterior hiding state-of-the-art innards—including a low-powered laser.AdChoices广告As reported by The Verge’s Dieter Bohn, who tested a pair of Vaunt smart glasses in December, the device looks and feels “indistinguishable” from regular specs.“Apart from a tiny red glimmer that’s occasionally visible on the right lens, people around you might not even know you’re wearing smart glasses,” he wrote on Monday.Dieter Bohn got his hands on a prototype version in December (via The Verge)The Vaunt—a pair of thick-rimmed cheaters you’d see on any modern city sidewalk—won’t make you look like a Glasshole, Bohn ensured. All electronics (including batteries) are built into the stems near the face of the frames, “so that [the glasses] can flex a little.”Carrying on with the minimalist theme, the system acts as a heads-up display to highlight only the most important messages, directions, and other notifications in your peripheral vision.It works by using a very low-powered laser to shine a red, monochrome image into a holographic reflector on the right lens. The image, according to Bohn, is reflected onto the back of your eyeball, directly onto the retina. Which helps to ensure content remains in focus—whether you’re wearing prescription or non-prescription lenses.All electronics are housed inside the glasses stems (via The Verge)“The unit I saw was simply running through a demo loop of potential notifications and information you might see: walking directions, an incoming call,” the reporter said, comparing the software to a T. rex in Jurassic Park. “There aren’t any beeps or vibrations when the display switches or a notification comes in, but you do notice when it happens because the movement is noticeable in your peripheral vision.”Intel is targeting at least 18 hours of battery life, and plans to launch an “early access program” this year for developers to begin experimenting with Vaunt.No further details—including a general release date or pricing—were revealed.“Every gadget these days has more, more more,” Bohn said. “With Vaunt, Intel is betting on less.”center_img Sony Patents Prescription VR GlassesGeek Pick: Gunnar Haus Computer Glasses Are High-Tech Eye Safety last_img read more

VIDEO Tom Brady telling James White what route to run DURING a

first_imgTom Brady is the best quarterback in the history of the NFL at making adjustments at the line of scrimmage, but sometimes he even calls out route adjustments once the ball is already snapped.Running back James White was mic’d up for the Pats convincing 24-10 win over the Vikings last Sunday, and one clip from the audio happened to catch Brady telling White to run a “checkdown” during the play, while faking a hand-off.Everyone with half a brain knows Brady is the G.O.A.T. this is just another small piece of evidence confirming it. If you don’t like this it’s just because of your irrational hatred of Brady, and that’s a you problem.last_img