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I will definitely avenge my Asian Championship final defeat: Sakshi Malik

first_imgSakshi Malik may have been thrashed by Rio Olympics gold medallist Risako Kawai in Asian Championships final bout here recently, but the Indian star has vowed to comeback stronger. Returning to international competition after the Rio Olympics, Sakshi managed to win a silver medal in 60kg weight category in the Capital.In an exclusive interview to Mail Today, Sakshi admitted that the Japanese was outstanding but added that she will avenge her defeat.”There is no doubt that the Japanese wrestlers are extraordinary. We (Indian wrestlers) were joking that what do they eat and how can we beat them. They move very fast on the mat. They are really tough but I am no less. I am working hard and will definitely avenge my defeat. We are working on increasing our speed,” Sakshi said.”I also want to clear one thing. I was misquoted in a media report that I said that it is not possible to beat the Japanese wrestler in this lifetime. Well, I never said this to anybody. I know such quotes will have negative impact on the juniors.”Asian championship #silver #happiness #manymoretocome #feelingproud #LikeAGirl #wrestling ?? pic.twitter.com/SSdM9AyuO4- Sakshi Malik (@SakshiMalik) May 19, 2017She further clarified on another controversy that erupted when she participated in the 60kg category at Asian Championships. It was alleged that Sakshi had asked Sarita to switch the weight category with her.”This is not the first time that I participated in 60kg. If you check the records, in 2015 Asian Championships and 2013 Commonwealth Championship, I participated in 60kg only. But in Games like Olympics, Commonwealth Games, I play in 58kg. My federation (Wrestling Federation of India) also knew about it and I never asked anybody to leave her place for me.advertisement”When I got to know about the news that I am being targeted by my fellow wrestler (Sarita) on the issue, I spoke to her and she said that she never said so,” she said.In the 2013 Commonwealth Championships in Johannesburg, Sakshi won bronze in 63kg category. In Doha Asian Championship, she clinched bronze in 60kg.With World Wrestling Championship, scheduled to begin in August in Paris, Sakshi is hopeful of winning a medal in the event. “We have a camp in Lucknow and I am preparing really hard for the Worlds. We are getting all the support from the federation and the government,” she emphasised.Following the lack of response from the people during the Asian Championships in New Delhi, Sakshi urged fans to support other sports too. The turnout at the Asian meet was low and it speaks a lot about the interest of Indians in the sport. When so many wrestlers were competing to do their country proud, the topic of discussion among most sports lovers was the IPL. Wrestling, a sport that has brought Olympic medals, continues to be neglected.While so many are willing to pay thousands on tickets for an IPL game, the wrestling championship, where entry was free, took place in front of empty stands. Among the few who turned up, the ones making more noise were foreigners. Countries like Iran and Kyrgyzstan had more support, with their fans waving flags throughout, than the home wrestlers.”We feel great when our people come and cheer for us. It gives us motivation. It was Asian Championship and we were fighting for the country. I request people to support us as well,” the wrestler said.last_img read more

Sarfraz Ahmed will be Pakistan’s captain at World Cup despite racism row: PCB

first_imgPakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Eshan Mani rubbished rumours of a change in captaincy for Pakistan in the lead up to the Cricket World Cup and said Sarfraz Ahmed will be leading the team at the quadrennial cricket tournament in England later this year.Sarfraz Ahmed was handed a four-match ban by the International Cricket Council (ICC) over his racist jibe against Andile Phehlukwayo during an ODI series against South Africa last month. Sarfraz was asked to return home by the PCB midway during the ongoing tour and Shoaib Malik was appointed as the interim captain of the Pakistan cricket team.Sarfraz has served the four-match ban and will return to lead Pakistan for the limited-over series vs Australia in the United Arab Emirates in late March and early April, Mani confirmed.”There should be no doubt that Sarfraz is the Pakistan cricket team’s captain. He will lead the team in the series against Australia and also in the World Cup,” Mani told the media on Tuesday.The PCB chairman added: “I was always clear in my mind that Sarfaraz would be the captain. Sarfraz has been an integral part of Pakistan’s World Cup preparations. He has proved to be a good strategist, leader and performer.”He led Pakistan to Champions Trophy 2017 title as well as to top of the International Cricket Council’s Twenty20 International rankings.”Sarfraz has reiterated his commitment to the Pakistan cricket team as well as his availability and enthusiasm to captain the team at the World Cup. There is only one captain of the Pakistan cricket team and it will remain so.”advertisementWe will prove ourselves at the World Cup: SarfrazMeanwhile, Sarfraz expressed confidence that Pakistan will be able to perform to the best of their abilities at the World Cup, starting May 30.”I feel proud to be joining the list of cricketers that led the Pakistan cricket team into world cups in the past. We will try our best to perform well there,” Sarfraz, who accompanied Mani to the media interaction, said.Responding to the rumours of a change in captaincy, Sarfraz added: “Since I started captaining the team, I did not think so far ahead into the future and worry about if I would be the team’s captain in a year’s time or not. I focused on my responsibilities on a series-to-series basis and will continue to do so.”I feel humbled and honoured to be placed in the same bracket as some of the most iconic and legendary cricketers who have previously captained Pakistan at @cricketworldcup.” says, @SarfarazA_54PCB Official (@TheRealPCB) February 5, 2019I am convinced we are in a good shape for the World Cup. We have top quality talent and match-winners with committed support staff in the dressing room,” he said when asked about how he felt going into the upcoming international showdown.In the lead up to the World Cup, Pakistan will play five ODIs each against Australia and England, which will also allow us the opportunity to further fine-tune our preparations. I am sure we’ll prove ourselves at the World Cup.Shoaib Malik, meanwhile, will lead Pakistan in the final T20I of the ongoing three-match series against South Africa in Centurion on Wednesday. The hosts have already sealed an unbeatable 2-0 lead after winning the first two matches.Also Read | Shoaib Akhtar not criticising but personally attacking me: Sarfraz AhmedAlso Read | Have learnt my lesson: Sarfraz Ahmed after 4-match suspension for racist tauntAlso See:last_img read more

Corus aims for fewer better TV channels new tech to counter internet

first_imgTORONTO – Consumers will see “fewer, better” specialty TV channels and more targeted advertising from Corus Entertainment, company executives said Wednesday as they explained their plan for rebuilding a media business that is struggling to adapt to intense competition, new viewing habits and changing technology.“We anticipate a bumpy road over the short-term as our industry evolves,” chief executive Doug Murphy said on a conference call after the company announced a $935.9-million loss and a dividend cut that helped push Corus stock to historic lows.The stock closed down 18 per cent at $5.13 per class B share. It had earlier fallen as low as $4.96 per share on the Toronto Stock Exchange, the lowest on record since Corus went public in 1999.Murphy told analysts that Corus is working with its regulated distribution partners — Canada’s cable, phone and satellite services — to optimize revenue received from its top television channels.Besides the Global Television network and conventional TV stations acquired from Shaw Communications in April 2016, the company has a number of specialty TV channels — some long-standing Corus properties and some acquired when it bought Shaw Media for $2.65 billion in cash and stock.Murphy said Corus uses a number of new technologies that employ some of the techniques that have given the internet giants such as Facebook and Google an advantage. The two companies capture about 80 cents of every advertising dollar collected by the media industry, he added.“We now can build clear profiles of viewers as discrete, defined audience segments, such as SUV-ers or fashionistas, empty-nesters, deep pockets and many, many more,” Murphy told analysts on a conference call.“By profiling audience segments and the shows they love, TV can offer more targeted campaigns to our advertisers. This is fundamental to the future of television.”He added that Corus is using artificial intelligence “to process billions of amounts of data coming to set-top boxes to figure out what sort of cross-promotional strategies drive the most reengagement or viewership results.”Corus is also rolling out a system, called Cynch, that automates the advertising buying process.Instead of selling ad space person-to-person by phone, Cynch enables computer-to-computer sales of ads associated with an inventory of programming on various media platforms.“That is beginning to emulate our digital competitors in terms of selling our advertising solutions,” Murphy said.To the company’s advantage, Murphy added, it has the ability to generate free cash flow (after dividends and debt payments), create content through its own studios, and top relationship in local television and radio markets.“Local market relationships with our customers are time-tested, relationship-based and less prone to disruption by the duopoly of Facebook and Google.”However, analysts noted that revenue from the Corus television division in the third quarter declined more than expected despite a positive impact on local advertising from Ontario election advertising ahead of the June 7 vote.Corus attributed the decline in TV revenue to national advertising, due to competition with Facebook and Google as well as “the realities of audience viewing levels.”Earlier, Corus announced its fiscal third-quarter net loss was equal to $4.49 per share for the quarter ended May 31 compared with a profit of $66.7 million or 33 cents per share a year ago.The company’s net loss included $1.01-billion in non-cash impairment charges. It attributed a $1 billion reduction in goodwill assets to its television division and $13.7 million to its radio licences.On an adjusted basis, which excludes the impairment charge and other one-time items, Corus earned a profit of $78.1 million or 37 cents per share for the quarter compared with an adjusted profit of $70.1 million or 35 cents per share a year ago. Analysts on average had expected a profit of 36 cents per share, according to Thomson Reuters Eikon.Revenue was $441.4 million, down from $461.6 million in the same quarter last year. Revenue from the television division fell 4.6 per cent to just under $403 million from $422.4 million, while radio revenue slipped 2.2 per cent to $38.4 million from $39.3 million.In a separate move that will have a direct impact on Corus shareholders, the company said it will slash it dividends rate as of the 2019 financial year that begins Sept. 1 and direct savings of about $150 million per year towards debt reduction.On a full-year basis, the dividend will drop to 24 cents per class B non-voting shares from $1.14 per share, where it had been since fiscal 2016. The dividend for class A voting shares, primarily held by the Shaw family, will drop to 23.5 per share from $1.135.Companies in this story: (TSX:CJR.B TSX:RCI.B TSX:SJR.B)last_img read more

UN nuclear agency to send team of experts to Japan to help

“I continue to think that Chernobyl and these Fukushima reactors are different,” International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Director General Yukiya Amano told a news briefing at its Vienna headquarters, after another explosion and fire dramatically shook the Fukushima power plant that was crippled by last week’s earthquake and tsunami, increasing the release of radiation.He cited the fact that Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant reactors were shut down, a chain reaction is not talking place, the cause of the accident was a natural disaster, not a power output surge, and the Japanese reactors do not have a huge amount of graphite that can catch fire. “In all elements there are differences, and I continue to think the cases are different,” he stressed.Just last week in a report to the Board of Governors of the 151-Member State agency, Mr. Amano noted that global nuclear safety has improved significantly since Chernobyl, when an estimated 8 million people in what is now Ukraine, Belarus and Russia were exposed to radiation, and thousands contracted thyroid cancer and other diseases.Mr. Amano, who came to the news conference after briefing Member States, said he was setting up an agency coordinating team under his own leadership – “I felt I needed to raise the level of response on the part of the IAEA.” He also said he would soon send a small team of staff who have expertise in environmental monitoring at the request of the Japanese Government, which has said this is the area where the agency can be most helpful.“This is the start, this is not the end,” he stressed, noting that the IAEA has already intensified its cooperation with other international organizations, including the UN World Meteorological Organization (WMO), which can help coordinate global information on wind directions, showing where any radioactive clouds might be bound. The IAEA will discuss with the Japanese Government what other services it can provide. Meanwhile, UN disaster assessment officials will tomorrow tour parts of Japan that received the brunt of Friday’s devastating earthquake and tsunami as they continue their efforts to help the country in what Prime Minister Naoto Kan has called its worst disaster since World War II.The UN Disaster Assessment and Coordination (UNDAC) team, based in Tokyo to help with information management and international offers of aid, plans to send a reconnaissance mission to the prefectures of Fukushima and Miyagi, where more than 10,000 people, at least, are estimated to have died.Upon request from a disaster-stricken country, an UNDAC team can be deployed within hours to carry out rapid assessment of priority needs and support national authorities and the UN resident coordinator to coordinate international relief on-site.The General Assembly today observed a minute’s silence at the start of its session today in memory of those who had died and in a show of solidarity with the Japanese people.For its part, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) pledged to help protect the youngsters affected by the catastrophe and provide critical services in the days ahead.“As in all emergencies of such devastating magnitude, children are the most vulnerable,” UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake said in a statement. “This double catastrophe has left the country and its friends stunned and bereaved, and new threats caused by the quake and its aftermath continue to be of utmost concern to us all.” 15 March 2011The United Nations agency that coordinates global nuclear safety is sending an environmental monitoring team to Japan after the partial meltdown at reactors there, as its chief said today the situation differed from the world’s worst nuclear accident at Chernobyl 25 years ago. read more

Mangala briefs Hussein on progress made on accountability

Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera met the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein and briefed him on the progress made so far on accountability over incidents related to the war.The meeting took place on the sidelines of the UN Human Rights Council session in Geneva, the Foreign Ministry said.

Business leaders to meet at UN summit on good corporate citizenship

“The impact of the Global Compact has not only been through the community of multinational corporations but also in the developing countries, both in the private sector and also in the public sector, and this is a very unusual feature,” John Ruggie, Mr. Annan’s Special Adviser on the Global Compact, said at a press briefing today on the launch of a report that assesses the initiative’s effect. The study, carried out by the international management consultancy McKinsey & Company, concludes that the Compact has helped put “corporate responsibility” on the agenda of the developing world. The survey shows that 67 per cent of respondents changed their corporate policies in relation to human rights, labour and environment principles since joining the Compact, with 40 per cent reporting that the Compact was a significant driver of those changes. The report notes, however, that “inconsistent participation and divergent and unmet expectations limit the impact on companies” and hinders the Compact’s credibility. Also speaking at today’s briefing, Georg Kell, Executive Head of the Global Compact, noted that corporations have so far lagged behind in the area of human rights relative to environmental and workplace issues. The “big thing,” he said, is to convince chief executives and companies that they can no longer afford to say that human rights are not their business but the job of governments. Since the Compact was launched in 2000 it has grown rapidly from 50 companies to the nearly 1,500 that participate today, making it the largest voluntary “corporate responsibility” initiative in the world. The one-day Leaders Summit on 24 June is expected to draw chief executive officers and other senior executives of major international corporations, and is scheduled to hear a keynote address from President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva of Brazil. Participants will assess the progress of the Global Compact, share experiences and chart its future course. Video of press briefing [31mins] read more

UN tribunal sentences two for war crimes in Srebrenica enclave

Vidoje Blagojevic received an 18-year prison sentence from the UN International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY), but was credited for more than three years of time already served. The Tribunal gave Dragan Jokic, who had been granted a provisional release during the pre-trial phase, a nine-year term although he was also credited with some two-and-half years of prison time.In July 1995 Mr. Blagojevic was a colonel who commanded the Bratunac Brigade. He was charged with participating in the forcible transfer of women and children from Srebrenica to Kladanj on 12 and 13 July, and also for being responsible for all prisoners captured, detained, or killed within the Brigade’s zone of responsibility, including those prisoners that were subsequently transported, with his knowledge, to the Zvornik Brigade zone for further detention and execution.Mr. Jokic, during that same time, was a major who was the Chief of Engineering of the Zvornik Brigade. He was accused of having assisted in the planning, monitoring, organizing and carrying out of the burials involved in the murder operation and of having, as Brigade Duty Officer, assisted in coordinating communication between officers of the Army of the Republika Srpska and commands involving the transportation, detention, execution and burial of Bosnian Muslims from Srebrenica, and issued or transmitted reports and updates to superiors on the progress of the overall murder operation.The Tribunal’s trial chamber eventually found Mr. Blagojevic not guilty of extermination, but convicted him of complicity to commit genocide, murder as both a crime against humanity as well as a violation of the laws or customs of war, persecutions as a crime against humanity and inhumane acts.The ICTY declined to enter a conviction against Mr. Jokic for murder as a crime against humanity, but found him guilty of extermination as a crime against humanity, murder as a violation of the laws or customs of war and persecutions as a crime against humanity.In other news, Savo Todovic is scheduled to make his initial appearance at the ICTY on Wednesday to faces charges of crimes against humanity, violations of the laws or customs of war, and grave breaches of the Geneva Conventions.According to the ICTY’s indictment, Mr. Todovic was deputy commander of the KP Dom prison staff from April 1992 until at least August 1993 and had similar powers and duties as the camp commander.He was allegedly in charge of selecting detainees for killings, beatings, interrogations, forced labour, solitary confinement and exchanges, and was also responsible for the punishment of the detainees. read more

SMMT in the News – January 2008

And, John Griffiths wrote in the FT about the commercial vehicle market, and how it’s defying the gloom. http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/f0c91430-bd74-11dc-b7e6-0000779fd2ac.html Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) Mark Milner, industrial editor of the Guardian commented on how new car sales have escaped the credit crunch – for now – and also on the drop in tailpipe CO2 from new cars. http://www.guardian.co.uk/business/2008/jan/08/automotive Monday 7 January 2007 – SMMT’s new chief executive Paul Everitt published registration figures for the 2007 market for cars, vans and trucks. Here is a glimpse of some of the coverage. You can listen again to Paul Everitt’s Radio 4 Today interview until Sunday 13 January. Just choose the 7:00-7:30 time slot. http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio4/today/listenagain/monday.shtml Sean O’Grady, economics editor of the Independent wrote that ‘car sales have bucked trend with 2.4 million registrations in 2007.’http://news.independent.co.uk/business/news/article3318502.ece read more

Baseball Ohio State midweek series in Columbus

Senior shortstop Jalen Washington singles to third on a 0-1 pitch in the bottom of the first inning against Purdue on Sunday. Credit: Edward Sutelan | Lantern reporterThe Ohio State baseball team (14-17, 3-6 Big Ten) seems to have found some momentum at just the right time ahead of a pair of midweek opponents and another road trip to Michigan State (18-10, 2-3 Big Ten).For the first time since its March 3-5 series against Campbell earlier this season, OSU was able to come away with a series victory over a weekend opponent, taking two of three from conference rival Penn State. Now, for the first time this season, the Buckeyes will host two teams in a midweek matchup when Cincinnati (15-16, 2-4) comes in on Tuesday and Eastern Michigan (12-19, 4-2) on Wednesday.Scouting CincinnatiThe Bearcats have endured an up-and-down season that has included key wins against then-No. 1 Louisville and then-No. 25 Tennessee. But they have struggled in conference play, resulting in a 2-4 record in the American Athletic Conference.Cincinnati’s lineup has seen notable production from a handful of players, but as a unit has struggled to consistently put runs up on the scoreboard. Despite having five batters with batting averages above .270, the team is batting just .249 with 18 home runs. The Bearcats have demonstrated promising plate discipline on the season with 120 walks, and taken advantage of those opportunities on base by converting them into 35 stolen bases in 45 attempts.The offensive leader of the Bearcats has been sophomore outfielder A.J. Bumpass. The team’s No. 2 hitter has posted a robust .360/.456/.596 slash line, leading the team in all three categories. He is only one of three players on the team with double-digit extra-base hit totals and is currently third on the team with three home runs this season.The team’s pitching, on the other hand, has been slightly above average compared with most Division I schools. The Bearcats’ 4.28 ERA ranks 105th in the country and their 8.52 hits allowed per nine innings is good for 75th in the nation. Their rotation has not been a particular strength, but six of their relievers (maximum four starts this season) have ERAs below 3.30 and have proved reliable for Cincinnati so far this season.Scouting Eastern MichiganThe season has not been the prettiest for Eastern Michigan, but the team has started to find its stride. The Eagles opened the season 3-15 in their first 18 games, but are currently on a 9-4 run in their past 13 games, outscoring their opponents 66-52 in that span.Despite the recent success, Eastern Michigan has not derived much production from its offense this season. The Eagles have only a .242 batting average and only 13 home runs with 233 strikeouts (19.5 percent strikeout rate). They have stolen their fair share of bases this season — 37 — but have been caught stealing 24 times already.Senior right fielder John Montgomery has provided the bulk of offensive production this season. Montgomery possesses team-highs in batting average (.295), home runs (five), total bases (54) and RBIs (22) while batting third for his team. While success at the plate has been up and down this season, production on the mound for the Eagles has been consistently lackluster. Of pitchers with at least 10 innings pitched, only three have ERAs below 4.00, while six pitchers have ERAs above 5.00. Their team ERA is at 5.71 on the season, largely the result of a .309 opponents’ batting average.Canzone named Big Ten Freshman of the WeekComing off a nine-game hitting streak and a dominant week in which he nearly hit .500, freshman right fielder Dominic Canzone was named Big Ten Freshman of the Week, the first Buckeye to receive the award since Brady Cherry back in 2016. During his nine-game hitting streak, Canzone is batting .484 (15-for-31) with five runs scored, a double, a home run and 11 RBIs. He was bumped up to the fifth spot in the batting order for the Buckeyes on Sunday and hit in that spot for both games, helping lead OSU to two critical victories over Penn State. Since Canzone’s hit streak began, OSU is averaging 5.50 runs per game, up nearly a half-run from its 4.95 runs-per-game average prior to the hitting streak.Canzone and the rest of the Buckeyes will take on Cincinnati at home with first pitch slated for 6:35 p.m. on Tuesday. Their game against Eastern Michigan is on the following day at the same time. read more

Womens EHF EURO 2014 Scandi battle for the final in Budapest

Women’s EHF EURO 2014 Sweden will play against Norway for the final of the Women’s EHF EURO 2014 in Croatia and Hungary. The “Papp Laszlo” Arena will host the four best handball female nations in 2014, among them two Scandinavian rivals. Swedish girls had to wait the result of the last match in the Main Round – Group in Zagreb, after their defeat against Montenegro earlier today. The Netherlands had to beat France with 9 goals to reach the semis, but that didn’t happen in the last 60 minutes of Croatian part of the tournament in which French girls won 20:18 and took tickets for the fifth place match against Hungary on Friday.STANDINGS:Montenegro 8Sweden 7France 7The Netherlands 5Germany 3Slovakia 0SEMI-FINALS (Friday):Sweden – NorwayMontenegro – Spain5th place match:Hungary – FranceFinal placement:7. The Netherlands8. Denmark9. Romania10. Germany11. Poland12. Slovakia13. Croatia14. Russia15. Serbia16. Ukraine ← Previous Story Guerreras crush Denmark for the semi-final with Montenegro! Next Story → Strong LNH battles make troubles before Qatar 2015 read more

US actress Lori Loughlin pleads not guilty in college bribery scam case

first_img US actress Lori Loughlin with husband Mossimo Giannulli Image: Steven Senne By Associated Press Monday 15 Apr 2019, 4:25 PM Apr 15th 2019, 4:25 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Share2 Tweet Email https://jrnl.ie/4592687 US actress Lori Loughlin with husband Mossimo Giannullicenter_img 21,526 Views US ACTRESS LORI Loughlin and her fashion designer husband Mossimo Giannulli are pleading not guilty in the college admissions bribery scam.Loughlin and Gianulli are accused of paying $500,000 (€440,000) so that their two daughters could gain entrance into the University of Southern California. The couple have not publicly addressed the allegations against them.Last week, the couple were charged with conspiracy to commit money laundering in the ongoing scandal, increasing the likelihood that they could serve time in prison.Loughlin, best-known for her role in Full House, has already been charged with conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud. Last week’s fresh charge is punishable by up to 20 years in jail, bringing the total prison time she now potentially faces to 40 years.In court documents filed today, the couple have said they are waiving their right to appear in court for an arraignment and plead not guilty to the charges. Actress Felicity Huffman and a dozen other parents have already agreed to plead guilty to using bribery to get their children into prestigious universities.The prosecutor’s office has recommended a sentence corresponding to the bottom end of the possible range in Huffman’s case, which provides for a minimum of four months in prison.The sentencing judge is not required to follow this recommendation, however. Huffman (56) best known for her role in the Desperate Housewives series, agreed to plead guilty to paying $15,000 (€13,317) to help her eldest daughter get better scores on the SAT college entrance exam.The ringleader behind the scam, William “Rick” Singer, who authorities say was paid about $25 million (€22.2 million) to bribe coaches and university administrators, has pleaded guilty and is cooperating with authorities.This is the biggest college admissions case ever prosecuted by the Justice Department. With reporting from © – AFP 2019Comments are closed as legal proceedings are ongoing. Image: Steven Senne US actress Lori Loughlin pleads not guilty in college bribery scam case Actress Felicity Huffman and a dozen other parents have already agreed to plead guilty. No Comments Short URLlast_img read more

Ancient Greek picking up in numbers

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Ancient Greek and Latin are forming part of a wider rebirth in ancient language studies at university level, with interest coming locally and internationally, including east Asia. Statistically, students studying Ancient Greek have increased by 49 per cent at the University of Melbourne since 2010, and with 71 students studying classics, the university is bridging the East-West gap. Dr Hyun Jin Kim, from the University of Melbourne’s School of Historical and Philosophical studies, was born in Seoul, Korea, and grew up in Auckland, New Zealand, before making Melbourne his home and furthering his studies and expertise in Ancient Greek.His love of the classics and history formed through the legacy of his father, who moved his family to New Zealand to study ancient Greece. Dr Kim now teaches the language and says numbers have been increasing steadily, peaking at 71 in 2014.“Our ancient world studies program has been booming in recent years. The number of students in Ancient Greek and Latin has been consistent. It fluctuates over time but in recent years it has been very consistent and also showing signs of growth so, it’s pretty positive I think.”He believes both Ancient Greek and Latin extend beyond their influences on founding western civilisation, by stretching to the far eastern corners of Asia. “If you look at Buddhist sculpture, we would think of that as quintessentially Asian, that it is the soul of Asia. Actually the art form derives from the mixing of Greco-Bactrian art. And there are many, many other things that we could claim goes back to Greeks as well – modern democracy, which has a home not just in the west but also in the east.”“The political language we use and also a lot of the quintessential features of civilisation go back to ancient Greece, so knowing the language allows you to enter into that culture and also interact with that culture much more effectively.”Accordingly, fluency in Modern Greek produces an immediate intimacy with the Greek culture, but Ancient Greek, he says, provides a deeper understanding of the origins of Hellenism and modern societal structures.Despite their distinction, Dr Kim says the two languages are surprisingly similar, with differences found in pronunciation, phonetics and syntax. “Greek culture and language and civilisation has remained relatively intact, and of course the introduction of Christianity and the Christianisation of the Roman Empire in late antiquity, and later the birth of the distinct Greek Orthodox tradition, had a huge impact; that is the real cultural break between ancient Greece and modern Greece.“If you want to understand modern Greece of course, ancient Greece is fundamental, but you cannot neglect the Byzantine period either.”One of Dr Kim’s students, Alex Arvanitis, whose father heralds from Lefkada, and his mother from Italy, has been studying Ancient Greek since he was a student in primary school, and has just completed three years at university, with plans to continue at a post-graduate level. He agrees with Dr Kim’s summation of the evolution and distinction of the two forms of Greek. “When I was young I’d been to Greece and I had been to all these sites and it conjured a natural curiosity in me, and of course being of Greek descent I had a natural disposition to know about my ancestry. It’s important to say that being of Greek descent, it’s the thing that gives you the initial interest to study it, but to continue studying takes a lot of discipline and you can’t just be in it for nationalistic purposes, but that is an important part.”For him the appeal was much more than just a cultural lesson, it was, he says, a study of the fundamental principles that form part of his culture and much of modern society. “The appeal is that you’re getting to the root of the culture. You get a sense that you can get cut off from the source of Greek or Italian culture because what we have now is a subculture from our grandparents’ generation and once they pass away it’s something that’s going to be lost along the way. Sure you can learn the modern language or you can learn the food or the music but that’s not getting to the core of the culture, there’s more to the Greek and Italian cultures than food or music, and if you maintain a knowledge and you have an appreciation of the ancient cultures that’s something that is at the core of the understanding.”Despite his extensive knowledge, because Alex’s second language does not conform with the mainstream, his source of maintenance comes through studying and translations. The language course, he says, is structured in a way to preserve that understanding.And it is a widespread historical respect for Greek customs and culture that both Alex and Dr Kim emphasise as the reason the language has survived many thousands of years, and many conquests, including the Ottoman Empire. “I think Greek culture was very fortunate in a sense because it was respected. When the Romans conquered the Greeks, they were basically conquered by the Greeks, culturally speaking. Roman culture was Hellenised and the Romans absolutely loved Greek literature, they helped preserve it, they helped spread it, and of course the same thing happened in the east as well. For example the Kushans, an inner-Asian empire that conquered the Greco-Bactrian Kingdom, didn’t destroy Greek culture. They used Greek as part of their written medium and they helped spread a lot of the Hellenic culture into China and India. Those who overpowered the Greeks militarily were overwhelmed culturally, so it was preserved by antiquity and late antiquity,” Dr Kim says.He also believes Greeks had an immense impact on the Ottomans as well. Architecturally, he names prominent buildings such as the Blue Mosque in Constantinople- Istanbul, and the Mosque of Suleiman the Magnificent as inherently Hellenic influenced. “The administration of the Empire, its art and architecture, it is Byzantine, in fact you could say the 600 years of history was to an extent a continuation of the Byzantine empire, culturally speaking. Look at the location of the capital, it’s the same, and if you look at the territory controlled by the Ottomans, it was the territory controlled by Justinian, it’s just that the religion and one ruling elite had displaced another ruling elite. But then again if you look at the Turkish Pashas, the Grand Viziers, many of them were Greek. They’re Greeks who were integrated into the Ottoman system, like Sinan Pasha who built the mosques in Istanbul – he was almost certainly of Greek ancestry.”Dr Kim says Greece’s geographical location, in the centre of Asia and Europe, has given it the breadth for its culture to flourish on both continents, from the furthest corners of Spain to those in China.Dr Kim has authored two books, the first on Greek and Chinese ethnography and the second on the Huns and the fall of the Western Roman Empire.last_img read more

Pollution un péage urbain à Pékin

first_imgPollution : un péage urbain à Pékin ?Dans le cadre d’un plan visant à encourager le recours aux transports “verts”, les autorités municipales de Pékin songent à mettre en place un péage à l’entrée de la capitale. Une mesure qui pourrait permettre de réduire sensiblement le trafic et la pollution qu’il engendre.La capitale chinoise, Pékin, pourrait prochainement mettre en place un système de péage urbain, qui à l’entrée de la ville, encouragerait les automobilistes à se tourner vers des moyens de transport plus écologiques. Comme le rapporte l’agence Chine Nouvelle, la taxe serait imposée aux voitures sur les plus grands axes de la ville. Toutefois, si elles insistent sur la nécessité de développer une mobilité plus respectueuse de l’environnement, les autorités de Pékin ne précisent pas les modalités de cette mesure encore en phase d’examen. Aucun calendrier de mise en application n’est donc pour l’heure évoqué.À lire aussiLa Méditerranée est officiellement la mer la plus polluée par le plastiqueAlors que la capitale chinoise est déjà saturée par les bouchons, ce sont chaque jour 2.000 nouveaux véhicules qui ont rejoint le trafic intense de Pékin en 2010. Les autorités ont alors décidé de limiter le nombre de nouvelles voitures à 240.000 en 2011. Un tirage au sort est ainsi organisé tous les mois pour l’attribution des immatriculations. Un système qui n’est qu’une solution transitoire dans l’attente d’un plan visant à réduire de façon drastique la circulation automobile de la ville.Le péage urbain a déjà fait son apparition dans plusieurs villes du monde, notamment à Oslo, Singapour et Londres. Alors que Pékin est avec Mexico la ville où la circulation automobile est la plus problématique, cette solution s’annonce indispensable.Le 6 septembre 2011 à 11:47 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Ajax consider Barca as favourites to sign De Ligt

first_imgAjax sporting director Marc Overmars has tipped Barcelona to land in-demand duo Matthijs de Ligt and Frenkie de Jong.De Ligt has been on the radar of Juventus, while De Jong is equally in demand with Barca keen on wrapping up a deal with the parent club.Multiple reports have said the Dutch giants would demand a whopping €140m to part company with their highly-rated star duo.“Barcelona are the favourites, they are a fantastic club,” said Overmars – who used to play at the Camp Nou – as cited by Football Espana.Virgil van Dijk, NetherlandsVan Dijk isn’t better than Messi & Ronaldo, says Van der Vaart Andrew Smyth – September 12, 2019 Rafael van der Vaart reckons Virgil van Dijk is “special”, but he’s still behind Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo as the world’s best players.“But there are two other clubs who are also very close and all of Europe is moving, so Barca must do this well.“Can Messi help? Yes, but money is not the important factor for them – last year they turned down betters offers to stay here.“Will my time at Barca help? They already know about the club without the need for me to say.”last_img read more

Cancer Society Leads Educational Seminars at CIBC FirstCaribbean

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppNassau, Bahamas, October 31, 2016 – Employees of the CIBC FirstCaribbean are now better schooled about the disease of cancer, its prevention, and treatment.  As a part of their activities to mark cancer month this October, CIBC FirstCaribbean invited the Cancer Society of the Bahamas to present educational seminars on aspects of the disease to staff.  The sessions took place at the bank’s Shirley Street headquarters and the new CIBC FirstCaribbean Airport Industrial Park Centre.The events were part of a series of cancer awareness and response related activities throughout the month, including the bank’s celebrated annual ‘Walk for the Cure’ fun run/walk.  Antionette Turnquest, Head of Human Resources at CIBC FirstCaribbean, stated that the activities were one aspect of the bank’s larger culture of employee wellness.“We have quite a number of wellness initiatives at the bank,” said Mrs. Turnquest.  “Over the last year we have had many onsite fitness sessions at the various branches – aerobics and strength training; we have also had persons come in and talk to staff about proper nutrition and maintaining health habits and we have partnerships with local gyms.  This is something that we do regularly because we want them to convert this into healthy lifestyles.”Mrs. Turnquest stated that keeping employees happy and healthy is a priority and she hopes that the Cancer seminars will make an impact.  “We hope that persons use the information they are getting from these sessions and we hope that as much as possible we can help to prevent this disease from occurring in our staff.  It’s so important that persons understand this disease.  Studies show that genetically Bahamians are more prone to the disease.  So, it’s important that persons get as much information as they can.”The two presentations walked staff through the basics of the disease, how to get screened, and how to lower your risk. Attending employees learnt the most prevalent cancers in the Bahamas – breast cancer and prostate cancer – as well as the role and function of the Cancer Society.  Melissa Major, Programs Director at the Cancer Society said she is happy to see corporations take an interest.“We truly appreciate when companies make it a priority that their staff gets this education and we hope that other companies follow CIBC FirstCaribbean’s lead.  This is a part of empowering people so that they know what the disease is, they know what to do, and how to lower their risk.  Early detection is key and once they get that then we will be well on our way in terms of lowering our statistics.” Related Items:last_img read more

CTran board backs light rail vote

first_imgThe C-Tran Board of Directors on Tuesday called for a sales tax ballot measure to support light rail in Clark County, making a November vote all but a sure thing.The board unanimously directed C-Tran to craft a measure, put to its entire service district, asking for a 0.1-percentage-point bump in the local sales tax rate. In addition to sustaining light rail, the resulting $4.5 million to $5.5 million in revenue would also go toward a bus rapid transit line proposed for Vancouver’s Fourth Plain corridor. The board’s move mostly echoed an endorsement made by the Vancouver City Council the night before.The board’s statement makes its intention clear. But it doesn’t officially put the measure on the November ballot — not yet, anyway. Before that happens, C-Tran must wait until a state-mandated expert review panel finishes its work evaluating the agency’s high-capacity transit plans. The review panel is expected to release a final report by the end of this month, which means C-Tran will likely formalize the ballot measure in July.A sales-tax hike would cover only the annual cost to operate light rail in Clark County, about $2.5 million, once the system is up and running. Officials are banking on federal money to actually build the light rail extension, planned as part of the $3.5 billion Columbia River Crossing project.C-Tran leaders had long assumed a sales tax measure would foot the bill to operate light rail. But board members changed course earlier this year, when the city of Vancouver said it wanted to exhaust all other funding options first. Ultimately, the city determined no other plan could pencil out given the fast-tracked timeline to put something together. The council on Monday endorsed the sales tax option — bringing the funding search back to square one.last_img read more

Two dogs one cat died in Sunday fire in Hazel Dell

first_imgTwo dogs and one cat died in a West Hazel Dell house fire early Sunday, according to Clark County Fire District 6.Firefighters were dispatched to a reported fire at 411 N.W. 86th St., said Chief Jerry Green with Fire District 6. Firefighters arrived a few minutes later and found the main floor and basement of the home engulfed in flames, he said. About 18 firefighters with District 6 and the Vancouver Fire Department responded and found two dogs and one cat dead inside the house, Green said. There were reports of “numerous” animals inside the home and it is unclear how many made it out safe, he said.Firefighters attempted to resuscitate at least one animal.The fire caused an estimated $265,419 worth of damage to half of the 2,800 square-foot house, said Clark County Deputy Fire Marshal Curtis Evanson. The fire damage was primarily on the main floor, while the basement had smoke and water damage, he said. The cause is unknown and Evanson is still investigating. The American Red Cross of Southwest Washington is assisting the family.According to county property records, the house is owned by Diane and Ricky Hildebrand.last_img read more

Sheriff Missing Mount Hood hiker found alive

first_imgPORTLAND — An Oregon National Guard helicopter crew spotted a missing hiker on Mount Hood and flew her to a Portland hospital for treatment.Marcus Mendoza, a Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office spokesman, says 23-year-old Mary Owen was found Saturday morning on Sandy Glacier.He says the George Fox University senior has some injuries including a possibly fractured ankle and frostbite. Owen was hoisted into the helicopter and taken directly to Emmanuel Hospital in Portland. The search for Owen began Friday, the day after her SUV was found in the Timberline Lodge parking lot. She was last seen on Sunday.Owen is an experienced backpacker who previously hiked the length of the Pacific Crest Trail from Mexico to Canada.The woman’s father, Bruce Owen of McMinnville, says his daughter told him last week that she planned to climb the mountain with a group. But there have been no reports of other missing people on Mount Hood.last_img read more

Spruce Aphid Infestation On Kenai Grows With Milder Winter

first_imgSpruce aphid are small, soft-bodied insects that attack coastal spruce trees by sucking out the sap and causing them to turn yellow and brown and drop from the tree. Sitka spruce in tidewater and stressed areas, such as urban areas, are particularly susceptible to this pest. Courtesy of US Forest ServiceThey feed primarily on older needles, Current year’s needles are usually not damaged, though they may be fed on during population outbreaks. According to the Cooperative Extension, there are several active ingredients that can be used on ornamental trees for the control of aphids. Common products include, but are not limited to, acephate, bifenthrin, cyfuthrin, azadirachtin, horticultural oils, and imidacloprid. Do this at several locations. If aphids are present, treatment may be warranted. Damage from feeding that occurs in the early spring is often not observed until later in the spring or summer. If trees are not treated until the damage is obvious, the effectiveness of control measures will be minimized. Spruce aphid outbreaks do not tend to last more than a few years and several natural factors contribute to spruce aphid control. The Cooperative Extension says that the European spruce aphid has been establishing itself on the western side of the Kenai Peninsula. The Cooperative Extension suggests weekly monitoring through the spring to note any new infestations and track populations.  Aphids can be detected by holding a piece of sturdy, white paper under a branch and lightly tap the branch against the paper. The aphids are green and usually wingless; however, a winged generation may be produced to facilitate spread.center_img Spruce aphid is not usually a tree-killing pest; its damage is largely aesthetic, but aphid feeding stresses trees and lowers their defenses to other pests, like spruce bark beetles. Provide supplemental water during dry spells to maintain or improve tree vigor, and prevent unnecessary injury to the trees. Scientists say that spruce aphids are most active and damaging in late winter and early spring, with populations fluctuating according to weather conditions. Concern is growing that this year’s mild winter may allow the aphids to rapidly build up large populations. Story as aired:Audio PlayerDorene-on-spruce-aphid-infestation-grows-with-milder-winter.mp3VmDorene-on-spruce-aphid-infestation-grows-with-milder-winter.mp300:00RPd Application methods vary for different products and include sprays, soil drenches, or stem injections. Some products may discolor needles or need to be applied repeatedly.  Note that pesticides are subject to restrictions on application depending on weather and proximity to water. Be sure to follow  application directions carefully near bodies of water or and be aware of warnings about impacts on fsh, other aquatic animals, or any other non-target species. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享If the spruce bark beetles weren’t causing enough destruction on their own, local trees are now subcumbing to spruce needle aphids.last_img read more

49 Voices Alexandria McLearen of Anchorage

first_imgAlexandria McLearen of Anchorage (Photo by Wesley Early, Alaska Public Media – Anchorage)This week we’re hearing from Alexandria McLearen in Anchorage. On Sunday, McLearen will give the UAA commencement speech for the Fall 2017 ceremony, and hopes to someday become a doctor.Listen nowMCLEAREN: I studied science. I was a natural sciences major, I guess I still am. In my second year, I picked up minors in Alaska Native studies and psychology, because… you know, I want to be a doctor, and I want to be a doctor in Alaska. So to me, that made a lot of sense.My grandma was from Chevak, so that makes me a quarter Cupik. And I grew up with her, and grew up in this context of taking care of your own, taking care of your family. I was six years old when my grandma told me that I was gonna be a doctor and I was like, “Yeah. You’re probably right.”Being a doctor in Alaska, for me, means taking care of the people that raised me. And taking care of the people that provided a life for me that was full of opportunities. And so, to me it makes sense to be there for them, as well.So my speech, I hope my classmates like it, but it’s not really for them. I talk about failure. I make mistakes, but I keep going. Even when I’m not sure that this is something that I can do, I pursue it. And I either flop or I thrive, and most of the time I thrive.I want to be a travelling doctor. I want to help the villages. I want to go there and learn their strengths, learn their weaknesses and help provide a better health care system. So that’s like this big overarching goal of becoming a doctor for me.last_img read more