Don’t burden judiciary with over-expectations, says HC judge

first_imgPanaji: Justice Satyaranjan Dharmadhikari, a Bombay High Court judge, on Saturday cautioned people not to burden the judiciary with their “over-expectations” without understanding the Constitutional powers and limitations of the judiciary.He was speaking at a function organised by the Lokvishwas Pratishthan, a Goa-based body working for persons with disabilities. Justice Dharmadhikari said people have been using the judiciary often as an instrument to give a “jolt” to governments, which he finds as being improper.He said the biggest challenge before the judiciary is that people have been relying on it “a bit too much”, and are approaching the courts with their day-to-day concerns, shunning their own responsibilities.“When you become so dependent on something, then you tend to forget the dangers in it,” he said.He said people cannot expect the judiciary to go beyond the laws made by the legislature. “That would not be fair. Judiciary cannot make laws, it can only interpret the laws.”He urged people to understand that independent and autonomous judiciary “does not mean it will be against the government.”Mr. Dharmadhikari said another challenge before the judiciary was the challenge from within, and lamented that the country lacks good educational institutions and law colleges to impart high-quality law education.He said the Bar Council of India “does not seem to have a policy to ensure that syllabus in colleges or institutes will enhance the quality of education, or inculcate ethical aspects.” He also said that law is no more a popular choice of career among “good students.”last_img read more

A rich spread of documentaries from India and elsewhere at biennial Films Division festival

first_imgThe line-up for the 15th edition of the biennial Mumbai International Film Festival for Documentary, Short and Animation Films encompasses a wide range of issues and aesthetics, from the 1984 anti-Sikh riots and the Holocaust to contemporary student activism and the music and visual arts scene in Kashmir. Organised by the Films Division of the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, the festival will be held across six venues in the city from January 28 to February 3.This year, the festival directorate reportedly received a record 790 entries – 194 submissions from 32 countries for the International Competition section and 596 for the National Competition. Of these 42 films have been shortlisted under the National Competition section, comprising a mix of documentaries, short films and animated movies, and 25 have made it to the International Competition.Read it at Scroll Related Itemslast_img read more

Derrick Pumaren unsure of return to UE

first_imgBrace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort “That’s why I am saying right now, UE has to revisit what direction they want to go. That is one thing also that I have to think about. We already have a disadvantage without an import and we have a hard time recruiting local guys, so that makes the job more difficult,” Pumaren said. “Sometimes I envy other teams like UST and UP which have their own imports. We don’t. It’s so hard to get a 6-7, 6-8 Filipino now, and where will we find him? Unless we go for a Fil-Am, but the budget is still another story.”Pumaren said being on the same page with the stakeholders in terms of enhancing the basketball program through better recruitment will be integral in bringing the Red Warriors back to contender status.“That’s why I said I don’t know what’s the direction. Of course, they’re looking for a win, but they have to give me also what I need,” he said. “We can’t go to war without anything to offer. When I recruit, it’s just my basketball program that I offer. It’s just like when I was able to recruit Alvin, teams were offering him big incentives, but I was just able to convince his mother. But it’s not like that every day. You’ll be lucky to get one, but it’s not enough.”“I might have a good program, but still, I have to also to have the materials. We can’t just be participants here.”ADVERTISEMENT View comments Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding UAAP Season 80 Preview: UE Red Warriors PLAY LIST 02:56UAAP Season 80 Preview: UE Red Warriors00:50Trending Articles00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA MOST READ Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH LATEST STORIES Pumaren was named UE head coach in 2014 but has yet to bring the Red Warriors back to the semifinals, and though UE showed a lot of promise in UAAP Season 80, it still finished with the second-worst record in the league at 3-11.“As I’ve told the team in the dugout, I think we could have done a lot better if we played consistently, both individually and as a team. I think that was the problem this season, that we were not playing consistent ball throughout,” he said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe lack of success the past four seasons played a part in Pumaren expressing his doubts of coming back next year plus other matters that he hopes to discuss with the UE management.“I’m still thinking if I’m going to renew for next year because it depends on where they want the team’s direction to go to. Imagine, we don’t have an import, but when it comes to recruitment and getting the local guys, I would say that we’re far compared to the other teams, maybe even last,” he said. Read Next UE head coach Derrick Pumaren. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netDerrick Pumaren is uncertain whether he would return to University of the East for another season after the Red Warriors failed to make the Final Four for the eighth consecutive year.“I don’t know, really. I still have to see what’s the direction of the UE management for next season and I have to think about that,” Pumaren said after his team fell to University of Santo Tomas, 85-88, on Sunday.ADVERTISEMENT Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. UST dominates UAAP judo anew For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity.last_img read more

Punjab govt announces Rs 25 lakh for Hockey India team

first_imgAfter the outrage over Hockey India’s meagre incentives to the victorious hockey players, state governments are showing the way.   Even as the Union Sports Ministry washed its hands off the entire episode, the Punjab and Maharashtra state governments have announced bigger cash rewards for the players. While Punjab deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal has announced Rs 25 lakh for the entire team, the Maharashtra government is giving 10 lakh to Yuvraj Walmiki, a player from the state. The move comes even as the Sports Minister Ajay Maken failed to announce any rewards suggesting they had spent enough on Indian hockey.  In fact, after announcing the reward, the Punjab deputy CM said the Centre should apologise for the shabby treatment of the players after their big win. Hockey India had offered the players a paltry sum of Rs 25,000 for the recently won Asian Champions Trophy, which was refused by the team. The players were offered the money by HI during their felicitation on Tuesday. But the players refused, saying the amount was too less and would not even fetch them a decent playing kit. The Indian team beat archrivals Pakistan 4-2 in a tie-breaker in the finals of the inaugural championship in China. Hockey management in India too is under perennial crisis. Recently, the International Hockey Federation (FIH) withdrew the hosting rights for the 2011 men’s Champions Trophy from India. Maken was quick to absolve the Sports Ministry of any blame in the matter. He tweeted that the government had nothing to do with the measly reward for the new Asian champions. The Sports Minister tweeted, “Rs 25000 cash award was not announced by Govt but by the Hockey India. Govt spends all the money on training, coaching & foreign exposure.” He went on to tweet that the government has spent almost Rs eight crore on the hockey team in the last six months, Rs 5.97 crore on national coaching camps, Rs 1.75cr on foreign visits and Rs 8.75 lakh on foreign experts.advertisementlast_img read more

Clippers End Spurs’ Run, 111-109

first_imgLOS ANGELES — It figured that the most entertaining first-round series in the NBA playoffs would come down to a play involving Chris Paul and Tim Duncan.Paul, who willed himself back from an early hamstring injury, banked in a shot over Duncan with a second left to lift the Los Angeles Clippers to a wild 111-109 victory in Game 7 on May 2 that eliminated the defending NBA champion San Antonio Spurs from the playoffs.After Duncan made two free throws to tie it with 8.8 seconds left, Paul drove the right side. He originally was covered by Danny Green before Duncan came over to help. Paul put up a one-handed shot over the 39-year Spurs star that went in as he was falling away.Paul said coach Doc Rivers called him and Blake Griffin over at the end of the morning walk-through to talk about last-shot scenarios.“We’ve been in that situation a lot of times already this year, and most of the time I hadn’t made it,” Paul said. “We talked about it, and finally it worked when we needed it.”Rivers said Paul is “just a tough kid. He’s a street fighter. I mean, he really is. I love him to death because of his will.”Duncan said Paul’s shot was “just unbelievable. I know he was playing a little hurt, and he played through all that, found ways to get it done. I mean, just an unbelievable last shot over two of us. He’s just a great leader, and it was amazing to watch. I wish I wasn’t on the other end.”Matt Barnes knocked away the inbound pass to seal the victory and the Staples Center crowd went crazy after the Clippers advanced to the Western Conference semifinals for just the fourth time in franchise history.The Clippers, who faltered at home in Games 2 and 5, move on to face the Rockets starting May 4 in Houston.“It’s only round one, but that team over there, I mean, it’s crazy that this was the first round of the playoffs,” Paul said. Paul scored 18 of his 27 points in the second half, including four big 3-pointers.Duncan had 27 points and 11 rebounds, his sixth double-double of the series.Paul missed the final 2 minutes of the first quarter and the first 5 1/2 minutes of the second quarter. He appeared to get hurt as he dribbled up court before making a 3-pointer. He sat on the bench with his head in his hands before leaving for the locker room.“I thought about the team and all the things we’d been through,” Paul said. “I know that if it was any other guy on our team in a situation like this, they wouldn’t lay down, so I just tried to find a way.”Griffin had 24 points, 13 rebounds and 10 assists for Los Angeles for his second triple-double of the series.The Clippers trailed by five points with 5:42 left before Griffin made two free throws and J.J. Redick a 3-pointer to tie it at 97 with 3:58 to go.The teams traded leads during the final minutes, with Duncan, Kawhi Leonard and Manu Ginobili scoring for the Spurs and Barnes hitting a 3-pointer for the Clippers.Paul made two three throws with 13.3 seconds left for a 109-107 lead before Duncan was fouled by Redick and made both shots with 8.8 seconds left.Paul hit a clutch 3-pointer as the buzzer sounded at the end of the third quarter to give the Clippers a 79-78 lead and earn a standing ovation. It was his third 3 of the quarter, coming after Ginobili made two of three free throws after he was fouled by Austin Rivers while taking a desperation shot from three-quarters court with 7.8 seconds left.Barnes scored 17 points, Jamal Crawford 16 and Redick 14 for L.A. Tony Parker had 20, Green 16, Leonard 13 and Boris Diaw 12 for San Antonio.(BERNIE WILSON, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Chelsea 2 Spurs 1 (2-2 agg, 4-2 p)

first_imgChelsea battled past Tottenham to book a place in the EFL Cup final against holders Manchester City, triumphing 4-2 on penalties after a stirring 2-1 win at Stamford Bridge.Maurizio Sarri got the desired reaction, having questioned the mentality of his Chelsea players in the aftermath of Saturday’s defeat to Arsenal, as N’Golo Kante and Eden Hazard overturned the 1-0 first-leg deficit before half-time.Tottenham, without any of Harry Kane, Dele Alli or Son Heung-min in a competitive match for the first time since October 2016, found a response of their own by pegging Chelsea back with Fernando Llorente netting an aggregate equaliser. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? The shoot-out opened in nerveless fashion, but Eric Dier blazed over the bar and Lucas Moura shot tamely to Kepa Arrizabalaga’s left, leaving David Luiz to steer in and spark raucous celebrations.No mistakes from @DavidLuiz_4!WE’RE THROUGH TO THE @Carabao_Cup FINAL! #CHETOT— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) January 24, 2019Returning Tottenham midfielder Dier clattering into David Luiz before fouling Jorginho set a scrappy early tone prior to the hosts going in front after 27 minutes.Kante was given ample room to lash a partially cleared corner back towards goal and his shot zipped through the legs of Ben Davies, Moussa Sissoko and Spurs goalkeeper Paulo Gazzaniga.Hazard was revelling in the freedom of having Olivier Giroud playing alongside him as a specialist target man and he fed Pedro to find the overlapping Cesar Azpilicueta, before continuing his run to coolly convert the Spain full-back’s cross.Danny Rose came on for the injured Davies in between the Chelsea goals and the England left-back played a key role as an improved Spurs levelled five minutes into the second half, with Llorente heading home his delivery from the left.Llorente was unable to find the clean contact Christian Eriksen’s delicious swerving cross deserved – he made way for Lucas in the 68th minute – while Pedro fired too close to Gazzaniga at the end of a frantic Chelsea attack.Giroud, with Gonzalo Higuain looking on from the stands, passed up a pair of glorious chances in stoppage time and penalties were required for the Blues to book a date at Wembley. What does it mean? Sarri tough love ploy pays offBearing in mind the Stamford Bridge dressing room’s tendency to chew up and spit out head coaches, the wisdom of Sarri calling out first his team as a whole and then his star player over recent days appeared ill-advised. But his XI responded with the sort of sharp, tenacious display before half-time that Sarri had wondered aloud might be beyond them, while Hazard showed plenty of his dazzling best. Tottenham’s reserves of battling qualities under Mauricio Pochettino, even in the face of a punishing injury list and a lack of reinforcements, should not be questioned any time soon.Jorginho gets Chelsea on the front footSarri’s unswerving commitment to his deep-lying playmaker has invited growing criticism of late, meaning Jorginho’s sharpest performance since being ransacked by these opponents in November was particularly timely. The ex-Napoli man’s expertise in position is not up for debate, but his passing came at a more agreeable tempo, while no Chelsea player gained possession more often. It was a display capped with a delightfully cheeky kick under shoot-out pressure.Dire opening from DierOperating without a clutch of his leading stars, Pochettino was boosted by Dier being able to make a first start since his appendectomy. But the England midfielder was over-eager during the early stages, giving away needless fouls and failing to provide the assurance Spurs needed in central areas. His trip on Ross Barkley and failure to react to the quick free-kick that yielded Hazard’s goal was a moment to forget, although ballooning a penalty into the Chelsea fans was not the best way to erase it.Key Opta Facts8 – Fernando Llorente has scored eight goals in his last five starts for Tottenham in all competitions. Deputy.— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) January 24, 2019- Sarri is the sixth manager to take Chelsea to an EFL Cup final and just the fourth to do it in his first season in charge (after Gianluca Vialli, Jose Mourinho and Avram Grant).- Chelsea won just their second EFL Cup penalty shoot-out in their last six attempts, with both successes coming at home.- This was the third time that Spurs have failed to progress from an EFL Cup semi-final having won the first leg, alongside crashing out against Newcastle United in 1975-76 and Arsenal in 1986-87.- In all competitions, Chelsea have lost none of the 46 games in which Hazard has scored in at Stamford Bridge (P46 W39 D7 L0).- Kante has scored four goals in 30 appearances for Chelsea in all competitions this season – as many as he netted in his previous three seasons in England combined (four in 129 appearances).What’s next?Both teams turn their attention towards the FA Cup on Sunday, with Spurs travelling to Crystal Palace in round four and Chelsea hosting Sheffield Wednesday. read morelast_img read more

Eagle Bulk Reels In USD 88 Million for New Ships

first_imgzoom Connecticut-headquartered operator of Supramax dry bulk ships Eagle Bulk Shipping has closed the private placement of its common stock for aggregate gross proceeds of USD 88 million. Eagle Bulk Shipping said that it intends to use the proceeds of the private placement for the acquisition of dry bulk vessels and general corporate purposes.After giving effect to the company’s previously announced reverse stock split of its issued and outstanding shares of common stock, including the rounding down of fractional shares pursuant to such split, the private placement included the issuance of over 29,3 million shares.The common stock price was set at USD 3 per share.At the beginning of July, the company entered into an agreement to raise USD 88 million in gross proceeds through the sale of its common stock.After it earlier reached deals to sell three of its bulkers, the shipowner decided to dispose of another vessel, the 2002-built MV Kittiwake, for net proceeds of USD 4.2 million.During the second quarter of the year, the company concluded the earlier announced sales of MV Peregrine and MV Falcon, raising a total of USD 5.8 million, and subsequently finalized the sale of MV Harrier for net proceeds of USD 3.2 million.The company reported a net loss of USD 22.5 million for the second quarter of 2016, while its net revenues for the period increased to USD 25.6 million from USD 22.6 million recorded in the second quarter of 2015, mainly attributed to an increased number of freight voyages as well as increased available days due to chartered in vessels.last_img read more

SC refuses to hear AAP MLAs plea against disqualification

first_imgNEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Friday refused to interfere with Delhi Speaker notice to a rebel Aam Aadmi Party lawmaker Devendra Sehrawat facing disqualification proceedings and told the legislator to first approach the assembly’s presiding officer. The top court’s vacation bench, which had accepted the legislator’s request for an urgent hearing, made it clear that it was not inclined to intervene at this stage. “Go before the speaker… And if you have any grievance against the order, you can take recourse to legal remedy if available to you,” the bench comprising justices Sanjiv Khanna and BR Gavai told the lawmaker.last_img

Scheduled address by convicted killer to Calgary teachers convention cancelled

first_imgCALGARY — A scheduled address by a convicted murderer to an upcoming Calgary City Teachers Convention panel session on drug addiction has been cancelled.Andrew Evans was found guilty of second-degree murder in the 2007 strangling death of a woman who was working at an illegal massage parlour in Vancouver.Evans, a former drug counsellor, was given a life sentence but was paroled and moved back to Calgary.Greg Jeffery, president of the Alberta Teachers Association, said on Twitter late Wednesday that the session was cancelled after reviewing concerns and consulting with convention officials.The association had earlier defended its decision to include Evans on the program.The convention runs Feb. 14 and 15.The Canadian Presslast_img

Transcontinental to shut down printing plant in Nova Scotia 55 layoffs to

Transcontinental to shut down printing plant in Nova Scotia, 55 layoffs to come HALIFAX – Transcontinental Inc. says it’s shutting down a printing plant in the Halifax area, resulting in about 55 layoffs, by mid-August.The company says it’s selling most of its commercial printing line of business operated from its plant in Dartmouth to Advocate Printing and Publishing Co. Ltd., an independent printer and publisher in Atlantic Canada.Jacques Gregoire, president of Transcontinental Printing, says the decision was made due to the shifting landscape for some commercial products.Transcontinental (TSX:TCL.A, TSX:TCL.B) recently sold all of its newspaper assets in Saskatchewan and closed a printing plant in Saskatoon, though it has said its retail flyer operations remain stable.The company says it will continue to serve its customers in Atlantic Canada for retail flyers, newspapers and some specific commercial products through its printing network, which includes Transcontinental Halifax, Transcontinental Prince Edward Island and Transcontinental St. John’s.Transcontinental has close to 8,000 employees in Canada and the U.S., with revenues of C$2.0 billion in 2015. by The Canadian Press Posted Jul 28, 2016 1:04 pm MDT Last Updated Jul 28, 2016 at 2:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Great British Bake Off youngest contestants in shows history turn to mum

Jamie, 20 Jamie said he believed his grandmother would be happy he had adopted her recipe for simnel cake, saying: “I think she’s pleased I’m using it, I don’t know.”This week’s star baker Michelle used a family recipe for bara brith, while 28-year-old shop assistant Steph produced a version perfected by her late great-grandmother Rosie.  Half of the GBBO bakers are in their 20s this yeara Henry, 20 Dan, 33 Dan, 33Credit:GBBO Half of the GBBO bakers are in their 20s this yearaCredit:GBBO As the youngest cohort ever to grace the screens of the programme, the millennial contestants of the Great British Bake Off have mastered the stylish cakes, biscuits and breads fit for Instagram. When it comes to actual recipes, it seems they could require a little more help, as more than half turned to their parents and grandparents for instructions.Seven of the 13 Bake Off contestants appearing on the first episode used tried-and-tested family recipes from their mothers and grandmothers as they were asked to make a fruit cake.Others received words of wisdom from their parents over the phone before entering the tent, with one proud mother advising by text: “Be calm, be slow, be confident.”This year’s contestants are the youngest group ever, with an average age of 31 and two young bakers aged 20 who were in primary school when the series first aired.  Michael, 26, who says he was taught to bake by his mother using old, handwritten recipes passed down from her grandparents, told viewers: “Mum text me at 5 this morning saying be calm, be slow, be confident. It’s going to be fine.” He went on to slice his finger three times during filming, requiring large plasters.The weekly showstopper challenge saw contestants asked to create the cake of their childhood dreams, with fairy gardens, toadstool houses, pirate islands and purple carousels from the younger bakers and a “retro” rocket from veteran of the group Phil, 56.  Jamie, 20Credit:GBBO And as Toksvig heard Henry, also 20, had not made an Angel Slice Cake before, she told him: “That’s because you’re 12.”After being tasked with making a fruit cake, at least seven bakers turned to recipes provided by their elders at home. Amelia, a 24-year-old fashion designer, plumped for her mother’s technique for infusing fruit with brandy, saying she had been baking with her since she was five and still left “lots of washing up”.  Henry, 20Credit:GBBO The departure of 33-year-old Dan on the first episode last night brings the average age down marginally even further down, while 35-year-old Michelle was crowned Star Baker. Half of the bakers are in their 20s, after the production company said more young people than ever were applying as the hobby grew in popularity among Generation Z. During the first show, presenters Sandi Toksvig and Noel Fielding and hosts Prue Leith and Paul Hollywood teased the nervous cohort about their age, asking one whether his mother knew he was out and whether his voice had yet broken. Toksvig introduced the show by referring to the 13 competitors as the “baker’s dozen”, clarifying for those in the tent that the term was used by “mostly old people”.Asking 20-year-old Jamie how old he was, Hollywood inquired: “Does your mum know you’re here?” Despite their difficulties, the bakers appeared to have impressed the judges. Hollywood said: “Every year of Bake Off, the standard has got better and better and better, and I expect this year to be just the same.”Evicted from the tent was 33-year-old support worker Dan, who said his wife had helped him practice along with his “amazing” parents.  “I am not going to miss the baking under pressure,” he said. “I’m just going to miss everyone in that tent.”The Great British Bake Off will be on Channel 4 at 8pm on Tuesdays. 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

Nikolaj Markussen and Kim Andersson return to handball courts

After very long breaks from playing handball due to their injuries, Nikolaj Markussen and Kim Andersson finally return to handball. In the recent test games of their clubs, Skjern (Markussen) and KIF Kolding-Kopenhagen (Andersson), both players recorded several minutes on the field. With both players fit soon, the Jack & Jones League in Denmark will definitely see interesting title-fight between main contenders, Skjern and KIF Kolding.The situation is better with Nikolaj Markussen who has been absent for 10 months, saying that he feels good and it’s only a bit more time that is needed to reach 100%. Markussen joined Skjern from El-Jaish, following Atletico Madrid’s financial problems.Kim Andersson has been injured for about one year, and has only played few minutes in his recent clubs’ game. The Swedish international had a complicated shoulder injury which kept him away for a long time. However, it will take perhaps few more weeks for Kim Andersson in order to return to full shape. ← Previous Story STRUGA 2014: US Creteil beat Metalurg! Next Story → STRUGA 2014: Vardar begins with +13! El Jaishhandballjack & jonesjack and jonesKIF KoldingKim AnderssonNikolaj Markussenskjern read more

GAA wait for IRFU to select venues for Rugby World Cup bid

first_imgGAA CHIEFS ARE waiting for communication from the IRFU as to what GAA stadia they would like to include as part of a potential bid for Ireland to host the 2023 or 2027 Rugby World Cup.The GAA’s Congress in Derry last month carried a motion to allow the use of its grounds for an IRFU bid for the prestigious competition.GAA Director-General Paraic Duffy confirmed yesterday that he spoke to his IRFU counterpart Phillip Browne in the aftermath of that decision.It is envisaged that the IRFU will look for six GAA stadia as part of their bid. Croke Park will be an automatic inclusion with Casement Park and Páirc Uí Chaoimh, who are both set to undergo refurbishment projects over the next few years, also in line.Other venues that may be considered include Fitzgerald Stadium, Gaelic Grounds, Pearse Stadium and Elvery’s McHale Park.Duffy revealed that the ball is now in the court of the IRFU to inform the GAA of what venues they would like to use.“They have looked at the venues themselves,” said Duffy. “They are probably waiting to find out what the exact tendering process is. They have looked at a lot of our venues and they’ll come back and tell us which ones they want to use.“They originally talked about six but I don’t know. I think there will be six anyway. They have to come back to us in due course. I briefed Phillip Browne briefly after Congress. They need to know when the process begins and it could be a year or 18 months before that starts.”Cork hurler Paudie O’Sullivan suffers serious leg injurylast_img read more

There are people out there who want me to fail but that

first_imgKnow Your Sport? Take our weekly quiz Follow us: Source: Sinead Kane/Twitter Image: Sam Barnes/SPORTSFILE 22,089 Views By Ryan Bailey Sinead Kane, who last week made history. Image: Sam Barnes/SPORTSFILE “If you don’t know the reason why when you’re positive, you definitely won’t when you’re feeling negative. There are energy vampires out there who will try to suck your energy. There are people out there who want me to fail. There are a lot of people supporting me, but some people who want to be able to say ‘oh, I knew she wouldn’t do it’. It’s easier to criticise and judge.“Knowing that there are people out there who want to try and make you fail, that almost drives you more.”Kane has no shortage of motivation, but it could have been a lot different. On more than one occasion during her seven marathon feat, Kane — who in 2009 also became Ireland’s first legally blind solicitor — wanted to throw in the towel and accept that she wasn’t meant to complete an event like this.“It was harder than I thought,” she admits. “For example, in my first race in Antarctica I wore wool socks and trail running shoes and normally I wouldn’t wear them but I got blisters on my feet on the first six miles.“I didn’t want to stop but I knew I had another six marathons after this one and if you injure your feet badly today you might not get to race number two tomorrow. To be in there and waiting for the doctor. It just felt so long waiting for him to bandage it up.  I was like ‘come on, come on, you’re wasting time and I’m losing position out there.’“That was difficult, I wasn’t expecting that. I wasn’t expecting my feet to swell upon the plane also. I had imagined this lovely chartered flight where it was business class with reclining seats and I would just fall off to sleep. I don’t think I got three or four hours sleep combined throughout the whole thing because I thought I would get asleep on these reclining seats but I didn’t.“I didn’t expect I’d literally have to squash my feet into the runners. There were days there before the marathon where I said to John my feet wouldn’t actually fit into my runners so I wore sandals until the last-minute and then on the start line we just had to squash my feet into the runners.”Kane was able to overcome all of those physical obstacles, but psychologically she found herself in a bad place in Marrakech. Everything had taken its toll.“The course didn’t suit me,” she explains. “There was an 800 metre stretch with a lot of trees in the middle and on the path. There was also a drop down and it just made it too difficult to run side by side so we had to walk single file. Kane after finishing the Dubai marathon. Source: Mark Conlon“It wasn’t working out for us and it was 13 laps so when I was going around that lap each time I had to walk it. I was losing time and race position and it was very difficult mentally for me. I wanted to run but couldn’t run. Other runners were passing me because they were fully sighted and could run in a straight line, single file.“I found that very difficult and we tried to go out onto the road but that proved too dangerous so we had to go back on the route. We were walking along and then a bit further along, John just turned away for a split second and I banged my foot off something. I was in extreme pain starting off anyway with the blisters and then I banged my foot and I was in absolute agony.“I was very annoyed with John. I said ‘why weren’t you looking, you’re meant to be guiding me’ and all of this. I took out a lot of anger and frustration. He very politely said ‘in fairness Sinead we’re on day five and this is the first time you’ve hit against something.’“In the moment I was so frustrated because I felt my disability was holding me back. I just let out a lot of anger. I took off my race number and belt and said that was it, I’m not finishing this marathon, I’m not doing the sixth or seventh marathon and I’m not doing any running when I go back to Ireland because it’s clear I’m not meant to be a runner. It’s clear that my disability is holding me back and I was just in a very negative state of my mind.“John wanted to guide me to the aid station but I said ‘don’t touch me, I don’t want anyone to touch me or to talk to me.’ I was being quite unreasonable but John got me to the aid station and the doctor gave me tablets for the pain.“And then a coach started to chat to me and tried to coax me back into it and I didn’t know but John was behind us with the race numbers and ready to start the race again. I had decided at that point I wasn’t going to do the run. This guy anyway just kept asking me about why was I doing this, why had I come on this journey. Was I not concerned about my sponsor or not concerned about making John proud or making people back home in Ireland proud but when you’re in that moment of just complete frustration you can’t even think about anyone else. He talked me around and I was able to start back again. Kane pictured in the Allianz Ireland head office in Dublin.“John suddenly appeared, even though I didn’t know he had been behind all along. That had been a set-up between him and Paul [coach]. I started running again and that was it.”The Youghal native would go on to cross the line in Sydney and etch her name into the history books. Mission accomplished. Defying the odds.The only question that remains is what’s next?“At the moment I’m just concentrating on this goal and living in the moment,” Kane adds. “There is a sense of loss because this goal has been so big, I can’t really think of another goal to do now to top it.“I have to go back to the drawing board. I have to make some big decisions. Different people are coming to me. But for me, it has to top what I’ve just done.”You get the feeling that that’s another challenged accepted.The42 is on Instagram! Tap the button below on your phone to follow us! Feb 4th 2017, 10:00 AM Share5 Tweet Email1 ‘There are people out there who want me to fail but that drives you on more’ Sinead Kane made history in Sydney last weekend but the journey to this point has been far from plain sailing. Short URL Arrived back in Dublin airport early this morning. The task maybe over but the next page begins.— Dr. Sinead Kane (@KaneSinead) February 2, 2017 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 18 Comments Saturday 4 Feb 2017, 10:00 AM A TRULY UPLIFTING, and inspirational, story. One of defiance, courage and pure, undiluted, determination. The type born out of a single-mindedness to defy the odds and beat them.Sinéad Kane has been doing that all her life; it’s part of her DNA. The more hurdles put in her way, the more she longs to get over them.Last Sunday, the Cork woman made history as she became the first visually impaired athlete to complete the World Marathon Challenge. A year of hard work and sacrifice culminated in thrilling achievement in Sydney.Alongside her guide runner John O’Regan, Kane completed seven marathons on seven continents on seven consecutive days. Antarctica, Chile, Miami, Madrid, Marrakech, Dubai and Sydney. 184 miles.Just let the magnitude of that achievement sink in. Defying the odds, pushing boundaries we never knew existed and proving those that told her it wasn’t possible wrong.“I’ve been preparing for this challenge for such a long time. It took a full year and then it just all happened in the space of a week and it all seems to have happened so quickly,” Kane says.“This time last week I was running a marathon in Marrakech and the week before I was running a marathon in Antarctica and today I’m in Dublin so it just seems like I’ve been on a whirlwind journey. It hasn’t fully sunk in yet but I’m proud of myself.” Kane and her guide John Regan in Dubai. Source: Mark ConlonAs clichéd as it sounds, it has been an incredibly long, and arduous, journey to this point for Kane. There have been countless setbacks, and moments in time when the flame began to flicker. Discrimination, bullying and rejection. All of it led Kane to question whether she was meant to run, whether her disability meant it just wasn’t meant to be.Since returning to Dublin during the week, Kane has been overwhelmed by the messages of support — but it hasn’t always been this way.“When I was in primary school I was very badly bullied,” Kane explains. “There was a lot of physical bullying.“Students would hide on me and because I can only see three feet in front of me, they would put my schoolbag five feet in front of me and they’d say that they had hidden it. They would hide books on me. I would end up with bruises and people would think that I had accidentally fallen, but it was because other children had hit me. In secondary school, it was isolation. People saw me as an awkward difficult student.”As difficult as it was, those experiences have ultimately shaped Kane’s outlook. There is a steely determination and an added motivation to challenge convention and show the world, and those that ridiculed her because of her disability, that the human body knows no limits.“Anyone can say they want to inspire people, but it’s actually about getting out there and doing the task,” she continues.“I hope that I don’t have to tell people that I want to inspire them. I hope they can look at the challenge that I’ve done and feel inspired. Whether you have a disability or not.“They don’t have to do seven continents, seven marathons in seven days to be successful. You only have to set your own personal goals. I think what differentiates me from other people is the fact that I’m willing to make sacrifices.“The road to greatness is lonely and the road in 2016 has been very lonely. I’ve made a lot of sacrifices to achieve this goal and encountered a lot of rejection. Even though there’s all this overwhelming support now, there were some people who weren’t there on the rainy and cold days. Sinead Kane’s achievements in the World Marathon Challenge were made possible by sponsors Allianz Ireland. Source: Sam Barnes/SPORTSFILE“They didn’t feel the loneliness I felt on those days. They didn’t feel the rejection that I felt when another sponsor said they would but then let me down. I’m thankful for all the support I have now. But to get to this point, it hasn’t happened overnight. It’s been a lot of hard work.”This has been a lifetime in the making. Kane may trace preparations back to this time last year but it has taken far longer to break down those boundaries. To prove that she deserves to be treated like any other athlete. To prove that, able-bodied or not, visually impaired or not, there should be no discrimination.Last night she was on the Late Late Show to talk about her achievements but the last time a member of her family appeared on the show, it was in entirely different circumstances.Kane’s mother, Marian, who is completely blind, was an ardent campaigner for the rights of guide dog owners and took to national television to bring the issue to prominence when Kane was just eight.Nearly three decades on, Kane is leading the campaign and looking to inspire others in a similar position. The setbacks have emboldened her and provided the impetus to go on and achieve what she has.But she hasn’t done so alone. As the 34-year-old sits at the top of the room, John O’Regan stays out of the limelight but the role he has played cannot be emphasised enough.When Kane started running five years ago, she needed a guide and O’Regan has been by her side ever since.“It’s been very important for me to have my guide runner in my life over the last year,” she says. “It’s so that I’m not just dealing with things by myself. He believes in my ability to achieve the goal. When I did get the rejection, I was able to talk it out with him.“You have to get through the feeling of hopelessness and the following days starting again. To do that you need the skill to be able to bounce back and know the reason why you’re doing it. Sinead Kane, who last week made history. last_img read more

Pilot shot down by Pakistan returned to India in peace gesture

first_img Friday 1 Mar 2019, 10:15 PM Share2 Tweet Email Short URL 16,077 Views 24 Comments Mar 1st 2019, 10:15 PM Pilot shot down by Pakistan returned to India in ‘peace gesture’ Abhinandan Varthaman’s plane was shot downed on Wednesday over Kashmir.center_img Pilot Abhinandan Varthaman this evening. Image: Xinhua News Agency/PA Images By AFP Pilot Abhinandan Varthaman this evening. A PILOT SHOT down in a dogfight with Pakistani aircraft has returned to India after being freed in what Islamabad called a “peace gesture” following the biggest standoff between the two countries in years.Fresh violence raged in Kashmir, however, with 11 people killed in the Indian-administered part of the territory, suggesting that the spike in tensions sparked by the death of 40 Indian soldiers in a suicide bombing last month may not be over.Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman, whose plane was shot down on Wednesday over Kashmir – divided between the nuclear-armed rivals since 1947 – crossed into India at the Wagah border checkpoint this evening. Pakistan’s foreign ministry said he was “treated with dignity and in line with international law”, and that his release was “aimed at de-escalating rising tensions with India”.Thousands of Indians, waving flags, singing and dancing patriotic songs, had gathered at the crossing point this afternoon but the crowd dwindled after his release was delayed inexplicably by hours. The parents of Abhinandan were given a standing ovation by fellow passengers as they boarded a flight to Amritsar near Wagah to welcome their son.In India the pilot’s release was seen as a diplomatic victory, but New Delhi warned that its military remained on “heightened” alert.‘This is a New India’Yesterday and today both countries continued to fire barrages across the Line of Control (LoC), the de-facto border dividing Kashmir, with mortar fire killing four people on the Indian side.They included three members of the same family – a mother and two children – when a mortar shell pulverised their house in Poonch district today, police said.Indian troops also laid siege to a house in Handwara district in India’s only Muslim-majority state, believing they had killed two militants inside.One survived, however. Hours later, when security forces went in to retrieve the bodies the man emerged from debris and opened fire, killing four soldiers before he himself was shot dead. “Influence of terrorists and terrorism has been curtailed and it is going to be curtailed even more. This is a new India,” Prime Minister Narendra Modi, facing a tough election due by May, said today.“This is an India that will return the damage done by terrorists with interest,” he said.After the pilot’s release he tweeted: “The nation is proud of your exemplary courage… Hail to the motherland!”India’s junior foreign minister and former army chief, Vijay Kumar Singh, tweeted that the “welcome” release of the pilot was “the first of many steps that Pakistan must take to reinforce their commitment to peace”. Image: Xinhua News Agency/PA Images Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Greek mission to Haiti

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Greek Deputy Foreign Minister Spyros Kouvelis will head a Greek mission to quake-stricken Haiti with humanitarian aid, comprised of 50 tons of pharmaceutical supplies, foodstuffs and tents. A Hellenic Aid financial assistance of 200,000 euros was approved soon after the devastating earthquake and was channelled to the UN World Food Programme. In a press conference on Thursday, Kouvelis stated that he will deliver a letter by PM George Papandreou addressed to his Haitian counterpart focusing on the Greek aid, historical bilateral relations and the Greek Government’s pledge to continue to support the country. Kouvelis underlined that Greece’s next initiative is to contribute to the reconstruction of health infrastructure for children. The Greek humanitarian aid will arrive in Haiti on board a Hellenic Imperial Airways Boeing 747 aircraft. The airline will cover 50 pct of the transport costs. A five-member special team formed by Medecins du Monde and the Greek Rescue Team will also be transported to Haiti and offer its assistance. In consultation with the Spanish EU Presidency the Greek airplane will be used for the repatriation of European citizens who are still in Haiti.last_img read more

Rich Greek Aussies top BRW list

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Adelaide businessman Con Makris is the richest Greek Australian according to the BRW Top 200 Rich List, while another six Greeks have made the list. At number 40 on the list, Mr Makris made his estimated $900 million fortune from property investments, but started off in humble beginnings. Like many migrants, Mr Makris started in retail ventures, buying fish and chip shops and grocery stores but then moved on to shopping centres. While the number seems high, it has been falling for quite some time. In 2011, the Makris family had amassed more than $1.07 billion and became the first Greek Australian billionaires, then fell last year to $910 million. BRW predicts the number will keep falling if his ventures continue to stagnate. “While Makris has done well with his shopping centre investments, his development pipeline has stalled in the past few years,” BRW writes. “A residential estate and shopping centre in Victor Harbor has languished for so long its permits ran out. A CBD-fringe property, once a furniture shop, has been empty since 1989 and Makris has owned it since 2001.” No surprise that mining magnate Gina Rinehart topped the list again, with a fortune estimated at $22 billion. But this is the first year her fortune has dropped considerably since its high in 2012 with more than $29 billion in her pocket. A whopping $19 million per day gets wiped off her fortune, showing the resources boom could be cooling. The drop has also bumped her off the world’s richest woman title, while her lengthy and bitter court battle with her children might cut a big chunk of her fortune soon. Barrister turned miner Kerry Harmanis is the second richest Greek Australian, coming in at number 80 with an estimated net worth of $590 million. At $570 million last year, the Perth local has boosted his total with sound investments in property, shares and his mining ventures. He made $500 million selling his nickel business Jubilee Mines to Xstrata in 2007, but doesn’t take the mining tycoon title well. He’s known for being very low key, plays the mandolin and surfs a lot. Ten points down, at number 90 is Sydney’s Theo Karedis, who has steadily been increasing his fortune after selling his own liquor stores to consortium Coles Myer in 2002 for $175 million. The well-noted Harry Stamoulis is the 93rd richest Australian, sitting on $480 million, up from $445 million last year. Inheriting his father’s riches after selling the soft drinks company Gold Medal to Cadbury’s in 2004, the family now invests in property and has slowly increased their net worth. This year, Mr Stamoulis applied for a permit to build 258 triple-storey townhouses in the re-zoned Fishermans Bend precinct of Port Melbourne while his $24 million dollar house is still being built. The family have been very active members of the Greek community, setting up the Hellenic museum while funding many Greek language newspapers and radio stations. Another family not on the list is the Paspaley family, who still privately own their pearling business in Darwin. The family is estimated at a fortune over $900 million with their ventures into aviation, fishing, retail and hotels also making them a considerable profit. Back on the list at number 131 is car dealership magnate Nick Politis. With a $360 million fortune, the 71-year-old made his first rich list appearance in 1987 and stayed till 2006. “Politis’s wealth has been boosted by the continuing strong performance of listed car dealership AP Eagers,” BRW says. Greek-born Australian George Koukis made the list at 153, with a fortune of $320 million, up $5 million from last year. The banking software he founded in 1993 amassed him his fortune, now his company Temenos is worth $3 billion. Last to make it on the list is Greek Australian Spiros Alysandratos. From Kefalonia, the travel businessman fell into the industry after failing to find a discounted flight back to Europe. Now his company, Consolidated Travel, provides wholesale ticketing services for travel agencies while looking after the back office operations of a string of foreign airlines. BRW reports that the overall value of Australia’s wealthiest 200 fell by $4.4 billion to a total of $176.8 billion.last_img read more

Behind the scenes of Renee Young calling RAW on Monday Alexa Bliss

first_imgFacebook Wrestleview Weekly: Predictions for tonight’s Clash of Champions event in Charlotte WhatsApp Pinterest Twitter Google+center_img Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WWE Draft confirmed to be taking place as a two-night event starting on October 11 WWE is featuring a behind the scenes look at Renee Young becoming the first woman in WWE history to join the commentary table on RAW this past Monday night.The video profiles Young backstage as she prepared for her RAW commentary debut.You can check it out above courtesy of WWE.Alexa Bliss SummerSlam DiaryWWE has posted new SummerSlam Diary videos with RAW Women’s Champion Alexa Bliss. WWE RAW Ratings: Viewership sees a 15% drop against the return of Monday Night Footballlast_img read more

How The Loss Of Workers From El Salvador Could Affect Houstons Harvey

first_imgPhoto via Flickr More than 30,000 Salvadorans live in Texas under TPS, according to a report from the Center for Migration Studies and only California has a higher population with that protected status.A Trump Administration order could affect about 36,000 immigrants from El Salvador who live here in Texas. About 20,000 of those people are in the Houston area. Those immigrants are set to lose their protected status as of September 2019.Among that immigrant workforce, an estimated 20% are in construction. Laura Murillo is president of the Houston Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.“This is the only thing many of them know,” said Murillo. “This is what they’ve done and so you’re getting someone who has already a skill set.”According to a recent study, the deportation of Salvadoran immigrants could cost the U.S. economy about $1.8 billion. That includes lost productivity along with the taxes currently paid by those immigrants. Murillo also worries that if those immigrants have to leave there won’t be enough workers for Harvey recovery projects.“Contrary to popular belief, there’s aren’t people standing in line trying to do that work,” said Murillo. “And if you’ve been part of this rebuilding of your home or property, you’d be the first to agree.”And it’s not just the Harvey rebuilding that has Murillo concerned. She said the city also needs construction workers for other big projects, like freeway widening and new buildings in the Texas Medical Center. To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: X 00:00 /01:06 Share Listen last_img read more

Talise Spa at Madinat JumeirahGo back to the enew

first_imgTalise Spa at Madinat JumeirahGo back to the e-newsletter >Talise by Jumeirah has been crowned the World’s Best Hotel Spa Brand at the first World Spa Awards during a red carpet ceremony at InterContinental Danang Sun Peninsula Resort hosted by Vietnam television personalities Anh Quan and Minh Ha.Also recognised among the winners was Gaia Retreat & Spa, which took the title of World’s Best Day Spa, and Emirates Palace Spa, which claimed World’s Best Hotel Spa.HARNN Heritage Spa at InterContinental Danang Sun Peninsula Resort walked away with the awards for Vietnam’s Best Hotel Spa and World’s Best New Hotel Spa.World Spa Awards Managing Director Gina Reynolds said: “What a fantastic evening and congratulations to all our winners. Each and every one of you truly deserve the recognition you have received from our voters around the world … With such a wonderful inauguration, the World Spa Awards will return next year, bigger and better than ever.”The event was launched by the World Travel Awards, currently celebrating its 22nd anniversary, which already operates the World Ski Awards and the World Golf Awards.See the full list of winners here.Go back to the e-newsletter >last_img read more