Carl Lewis and Sir Richard Hadlee on Sports at India Today Conclave 2007

first_img“It takes sacrifice”Carl Lewis, Olympic ChampionCarl Lewis and Sir Richard HadleeBeing a champion is something special. I came from a wonderful family, my parents were both coaches and they always encouraged us. When I was growing up, I never thought I would be a champion athlete. I had two brothers,”It takes sacrifice”Carl Lewis, Olympic ChampionCarl Lewis and Sir Richard HadleeBeing a champion is something special. I came from a wonderful family, my parents were both coaches and they always encouraged us. When I was growing up, I never thought I would be a champion athlete. I had two brothers who were successful athletes. I learned at a young age what it was like to not be successful in sports. My mother told me I would be great in athletics and she always said it with her hands behind her back. And I used to wonder why till I realised her fingers were crossed behind her back. I never won races as a kid. But I always set goals for myself. I learned to focus on being the best you can be.As I got older I continued to study and work hard so I could get a scholarship. In my senior year in high school, I became a national champion and national record holder. I started to think, hey, I could be at the Olympics one day. At Houston University, when I met my coach, I looked him in the eye, and said, I am happy to be here. I want to run and be a great athlete. I want to be a millionaire and never have a real job. He said, if you focus on making money and fame, it is never going to happen. Focus on being the best, and you could be an Olympic champion.advertisementIt took hard work and discipline and focus. In my second year of college, I set my first world record. Then I went to a long jump competition where I was leading after three jumps. Though I wasn’t jumping that well, I was winning the competition. I wasn’t entirely focused because I was winning. The coach called me over and said, you are not jumping well. You do not need me, so take over. And he turned and walked out of the stadium. It hit me strongly because I realised that when you get to the top, it becomes even more difficult. You have to keep your focus. Being a champion means always being your best. When I was down with my next jump-I missed the world record by 1cm-he came running back and said, we have two more jumps, now we can set this record. I didn’t set the record that day, but it prepared me for later competitions. I won the long jump and 100 metres.I wondered what it was like for Jesse Owens-my idol- to win four gold medals. I wondered if I could ever do that, because I was a sprinter and did the same events. In 1981, I asked my coach what he thought about me trying to do all four events in 1984. He said, if you want to do it, we have to plan it out now. We set the plan, according to which I would add one more event each year. I was the world No.1 in 100m and long jump then, and I added the 200m next year. Then I added all three events. I had to focus 100 per cent on what I had to do. The events were totally different and I had different shoes for each. I concentrated all my energy according to whatever shoes I wore. It is important to believe in yourself, and surround yourself with people who have the same kind of motivation, attitude and focus as you.WHEN YOU GET TO THE TOP, IT BECOMES EVEN MORE DIFFICULT. BEING A WORLD CHAMPION MEANS ALWAYS BEING YOUR BEST. In 1983, I competed with nationals and I won all three events, but I didn’t go through the world championship. I didn’t do 200m. People wondered if I could compete in all four events. I had great seasons that year, and then they said, it is possible. The focus of the question shifted from can you do it, to what do you think will happen if you get only three. People asked me, would you be disappointed if you won only three golds? Going to the Olympics is a great thing. But hearing people say you would be disappointed if you won only three gold medals-I didn’t get that. That is how they were able to raise expectations. It was important to map out a plan and focus on winning the competition. One had to really stick to that plan. When I got to the Olympic trials, I realised, for the first time, after one of the events, that I could actually do it.advertisementWhen you go to the Olympic, it is altogether different. I went through the competition and I won the first one. I competed over a period of eight days, with just one day off. On the first day, when I won the 100m, the race ended at 7 p.m., and after drug testing and interviews, I went home at 11 o’clock. I had dinner and went to sleep, because at 10 in the morning, I had the long jump and I had to be up four behours early. I had just won the Olympic gold medal in 100m. and I didn’t have one second to celebrate. The minute the race was over, I was already thinking about tomorrow. This went on for the entire week, throughout which the foremost thing was staying focused, because one little slip could make you lose the race. Thus I went on to win four gold medals.Being a champion involves many elements-staying focused, working hard and having good team mates. People around you can help you succeed by telling you the truth when you are not doing what should do. Without the coaching, it would not have happened for me, and I feel fortunate about that. When I talk to kids I say this one thing: if life was easy everybody would be good at it; it isn’t supposed to be like that. So take on the challenge for being the best you can be. That is how you become successful. Oh, and one last thing-make sure you always look good on TV.”Think about destiny”Sir Richard Hadlee, New Zealand Ex-CricketerI served New Zealand cricket during the 1980s, when we remained undefeated at home in Test Series. When you look at what makes a champion, I believe it goes back to when you are young. I was fortunate to be brought up in a cricketing environment. My father captained New Zealand, my brothers had represented New Zealand. As a youngster, I had the gear, the equipment, the encouragement to play the game. I remember going into the garage at home and putting on my father’s cricket cap. I had a ball on a string and I hit that ball again and again, never got out and always scored a hundred. When I felt I had scored an imaginary Test hundred, I would lift my bat up and wave it to the imaginary crowd. Since my hand was too small to bowl a cricket ball, I bowled a golf ball. That was at the age of five. At 16, I helped operate the giant scoreboard at Lancaster Park. I looked over at the Test match in progress and said to myself, wouldn’t it be wonderful one day to be up there playing a real Test match for my country? Five years later, that dream became a reality. I learnt that talent only gets you so far; it needs to be converted into performance. And to do that you need skills. There is no room for complacency.advertisementMENTAL TOUGHNESS IS AS MUCH ABOUT WINNING AGAINST THE ODDS AS IT IS ABOUT BEING RUTHLESS WHEN IT IS TOO EASY. Now I tell you that I bowled 1,10,000 cricket balls during my first-class international career. I tried to perfect that skill to become clinically efficient, but I also tried to visualise things happening during my career. In 1988, I needed one more wicket to become the world record holder. I had visualised the next opportunity that I would get to bowl my next ball. It was at the Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore. I read up on the venue. I knew that a fellow called Kris Srikkanth was the Indian opening batsman. I knew his technique, I had got him out before and I knew he batted in a blue helmet. On November 12, 1988, things I had visualised were on track, until my dream was totally shattered. Srikkanth came out to bat in a white helmet. The other opening batsman was Arun Lal-I had never heard of him. I was distracted. I had be came too narrow minded. When you visualise, you need to have a wide picture. Arun Lal became a world record wicket and a few balls later, Kris Srikkanth did as well.I kept questioning whether I could go beyond what I thought I was capable of achieving. I was aiming for the English cricket county double-a double is capturing 100 first-class wicket during the season and scoring 1,000 runs in that same season. I had 20 matches to achieve this goal, so I worked out a budgeted calculation. Simply five wickets and 50 runs a game. But if I didn’t get five wickets in a game or didn’t get to bat or got out for naught, the budget and the goal changed, so I had to be flexible. I was on target for the wicket tally but I was always behind on the run tally. Nottinghamshire was to play Middlesex. We had bowled Middlesex out for 168 and when we batted we had lost 4 wickets for 17 runs. Captain Clive Rice said to me, “Go out there and score a double hundred.” I said, we are in trouble, you are out for naught and you are telling me to go there and score a double hundred against one of the best bowling attacks? He said, just go out there and do it. I walked up to bat and came back with 210 not out. Rice had put a thought in my mind that I had never considered before. One should go beyond what one thinks one is capable of achieving.Mental toughness comes when you improve your performance to win against the odds. But it is also about handling the situation when it is all too easy and having the ability to be ruthless and efficient. My job as a bowler was not only to get batsmen out, it was to destroy the opposition to help win games, and sometimes end the playing career of some players. I had a little card in my bag to keep me focused, with four words in it: rhythm, offstump, desire and Lillee. Bowling was about rhythm and coordination. It was about being relaxed. If I was stiff and tense, my body was not going to function. The offstump was my target area. My desire and my job was to get the batsmen out. Dennis Lillee, arguably the greatest fast bowler in the history of the game, was my role model.I was motivated by a number of things and what motivated me wouldn’t necessarily motivate other people. I was motivated by competition. I wanted to be the best. I was motivated by a determination to prove a point. And I have never forgotten what my father once said to me. He said, Richard, whatever you do, take pride in your performance. Do it to the best of your ability. I was also motivated by statistics and records, rewards and recognition. To quote from an unknown source, “We cannot choose to be born, we cannot choose our parents, we cannot choose our country, we cannot choose our history. But in a choiceless society, we can choose to live honourably or dishonourably. We can live courageously or in cowardice. We can live with purpose or drift. But in the end, forming your destiny is what ambition is all about.” DISCUSSIONQ. Carl, should India concentrate on sports that it thinks it can win medals in or is it better to go across the board? Lewis: I think you have enough people. You can do all of the sports. You really need people who set the tone. I refuse to believe that there is not someone who can be a world-class sprinter or marathoner somewhere amongst the billion people. What India would need is people with credibility.Q. Sir Richard, would you say that in a team sport like cricket, the focus is different from that in individual sports? Hadlee: Cricket is a team sport but it is also one of the greatest individual sports, because 11 people are going to take to the field to play. It is a one-on-one battle between the bowler and the batsman, skill against skill, and when you talk about the all-rounder, he has got to bowl and also bat. It is probably the hardest role to play. It takes a special person who will be able to handle the role and the pressure of that particular job. So, cricket is a bit different than many other sports.Q. Both of you said the two key ingredients for success are focus and mental strength. Are these hereditary traits or can they be developed? Hadlee: You can have all the skills and all the talent but it takes preparation, an attitude to do the right thing and sacrifices. If you miss any of those elements, you are a lesser performer. Lewis: When you have confidence- confidence comes from preparation and hard work and being ready-luck is made in lot of cases. Because you have to be ready for what is going to happen.Q. What keeps you motivated after you reach the 400th wicket or get the world record? Hadlee: When you achieve a goal it does not happen in one giant step. You find what goal-setting is all about. Once you have achieved that particular goal, you must look to find something to keep you going. Lewis: I never focused on a world record but only on performance. A lot of young people in sports will think of the end result first and I think there is a process to get to that end result and that is the training and preparation.Q. Carl, you came to the system with talented athletes- Willie Gault, Emmitt King and Calvin Smith. What was the difference between you and them? Lewis: I have always felt that my coach was the best. But I guess at the end of the day, some of it is talent, some of it is drive. I wanted to be the best I could be. I was not afraid of trying things. Most people do not try to compete in four events.Q. Should sportsmen look more towards money than towards sports? Cricket, at least, is now more about money. Hadlee: Money is the end result of performance. When young people burst on the sports scene, they want the cars, the contracts, the endorsements, the fees and all the extras before they have even earned it. And if you perform well over a period of time, the rewards take care of themselves. A lot of youngsters have got it all back to front in their attitude and approach to sports.last_img read more

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Watch: Salman Khan and Jacqueline’s love Hangover in Kick

first_imgThe video of Salman Khan’s singing debut track Hangover from Kick is out! It is the second song of the film that is released after Jumme Ki Raat.In the video, Salman Khan and his leading lady Jacqueline Fernandez sizzle together while shaking a leg to the track. Popular choreographer Ahmed Khan has given Salman and Jacqueline their dance moves for the song.Hangover has been composed and sung by Meet Brothers Anjjan.While Salman, sporting an earring, wears a bright red jacket over a regular tee, Jacqueline looks pretty in a cream- gold sleeveless dress.Hangover has been composed and sung by Meet Brothers Anjjan. The trio comprises musicians Harmeet Singh, Manmeet Singh and Anjjan Bhatacharya.Kick brings back Salman Khan to the big screen after the rather disappointing box-office show of his last film, Jai Ho. The industry hopes Kick, a action thriller that marks bigwig producer Sajid Nadiadwala’s directorial debut, will set some records.last_img read more

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Ajinkya Rahane confident of ODI comeback ahead of 2019 ICC World Cup

first_imgAjinkya Rahane has not played in a ODI since February but Rahane remained confident that he will be included in the Indian team for next year’s World Cup.”I am confident of coming back into the ODI team and be a part of the Indian team for the World Cup. As I said, it is important to play in domestic tournaments for this to happen,” Rahane said at the Ekamra Sports Literary Festival during a discussion on the topic ‘Guardians of Faith – Saving Test Cricket’ on Saturday.Asked how difficult it was for players to change to formats frequently, he said, “If you have the basics and the shots, then there should not be any problem. You can change and improvise. If you are playing only one format, then it is easier as you have to concentrate on that format only.”You need to back yourself and not think about what others say. It is all in the mind,” said Rahane, who is seen as a player more suited to Tests than the shorter formats.READ – Dhoni should play 2019 World Cup because he takes load off Kohli, says GavaskarRahane also felt that the improvement in fitness level of the players has helped the team in winning matches and has no problem in ‘Yo-Yo’ test being a benchmark for selection.”We can know from the test how different we are in fitness. Those who are low in this test will have work to more on fitness. There is no issue on having benchmark not only in batting and bowling but also in fitness,” said Rahane.advertisementRahane, who has been experiencing a dip in form over the last two years, has admitted that he needs to improve against the spinners.Rahane has scored just three hundreds and eight fifties from 48 innings since 2016 but he remains confident that he will be able to convert the starts into big scores. READ – Why Bhuvneshwar Kumar’s form is a cause of concern ahead of World Cup”There is no problem in my technique and so I am worried. I have to remain patient and convert the 30s and 40s to half centuries and then to centuries. At times you feel you are doing well but the results are not coming your way,” Rahane said.”All the players experience this and what is important is how you tackle this and remain strong to get out of this,” he said.Rahane said that he would like to do better against spin bowling.”I have to work on how to play better against spin bowling. I have to improve on that. That’s why I was playing in domestic tournaments, in Vizay Hazare,” said the 30-year-old Rahane, who has played 52 Tests scoring 3271 runs.READ – India end 2018 as the most successful team in ODIsRahane said he was hurt at not playing in the first two Tests in South Africa early this year.”It hurts but you can’t do anything. It was not in my control. It was the decision of the team management and I have to respect it. I took it in my stride and looked forward to doing well when my chance comes.”Asked about the upcoming Australia tour, Rahane said, “We are reaching there more than 10 days before the first match and we have a practice game in Sydney. In South Africa, we had no time to play practice match.”Any team playing at home is difficult to beat. Australia have a very good bowling unit. We also have a very bowling attack and so it should be a very good Test series.”On pink-ball cricket, he said, “I have no issues but in India it will depend on weather and conditions like dew in late evening etc.”He picked Jasprit Bumrah as the most difficult bowler to face while Umesh Yadav was his pick for the world’s fastest bowler.When asked to give a one word answer to coach Ravi Shashtri’s recent ‘best travelling team’ remark about the current Test side, Rahane just said “it’s very hard to compare teams”.(With inputs from PTI)last_img read more

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Ministers Conference Showcases Products Expertise in Fishing Industry

first_imgParticipants at the 20th annual minister’s conference, hosted by the Department of Fisheries and Aquaculture, will be able to learn from an international brand expert and visit a trade show with industry suppliers. The conference will be held Feb. 22-23 at the Halifax Convention Centre. “Nova Scotia seafood is competing and succeeding in international markets because of our focus on quality,” said Fisheries and Aquaculture Minister Keith Colwell. “The knowledge and expertise being shared at this year’s conference can help us to be even more successful in sharing our story of premium quality with global seafood markets.” Gavin Gibbons, vice president, communications, National Fisheries Institute in McLean, Virginia, will lead a session about the impact of media, including Facebook and Twitter, on brand reputation. Mr. Gibbons is well known for his experience in both the seafood industry and media. He has been featured in the Washington Post, USA Today, the Wall Street Journal and the Associated Press. He has also been a commentator on fisheries issues for National Public Radio, CNN and the Fox Business Network. Prior to joining the National Fisheries Institute in 2007 he worked as a television news producer and earned awards from the Associated Press, Gannett, the Detroit Press Foundation and received an Emmy Award. “This year the minister’s conference is taking a holistic approach to seafood. It’s focusing on not just how we handle fish and fisheries but also how we communicate about them,” said Mr. Gibbons. “Speaking with one voice to avoid creating negative impressions through media and marketing can be as important as how the resource is harvested.” Nova Scotia seafood and industry products will be showcased at the conference. Premium quality Nova Scotia seafood will be featured at the opening night reception and this year’s conference trade show will feature 40 booths with industry suppliers. The mission of the minister’s conference, first held in 1997, is to support innovation that can enhance the value derived from Nova Scotia’s quality fish and seafood resources. Participants will benefit from global expertise that can help them grow jobs and economic opportunities for the province’s coastal and rural communities. Visit www.perennia.ca/seafoodconference to register and for more information, including a list of trade show exhibitors.last_img read more

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Govt mulls splitting GAIL may sell pipeline business

first_imgNew Delhi: The government is considering to split state-run gas utility GAIL (India) Ltd by hiving off its pipeline business into a separate entity and selling it off to strategic investors, sources privy to the development said. GAIL is India’s biggest natural gas marketing and trading firm and owns more than two-thirds of the country’s 16,234-km pipeline network, giving it a stranglehold on the market.Users of natural gas have often complained about not getting access to GAIL’s 11,551-km pipeline network to transport their own fuel. The sources said that to resolve the conflict arising out of the same entity owning the two jobs, bifurcating GAIL is being considered. Also Read – Maruti cuts production for 8th straight month in SepWhile previously selling of the marketing business, possibly to another state-owned firm, was being considered, the government is now mulling on hiving off the pipelines into a separate entity and selling off a majority stake in it, they said. GAIL has multiple long-term contracts to import gas in its liquid form (LNG) from countries such as the US and no strategic buyer would like to take the responsibility of those, particularly when the fuel is available at a cheaper price in the spot or current market, the sources said. Also Read – Ensure strict implementation on ban of import of e-cigarettes: revenue to CustomsThey said it is now being considered that GAIL continues with the marketing business that would include all the sale contracts as also city gas retailing. The pipeline business can be spun off into a separate company, where the government may divest a majority stake to a strategic investor such as Canadian asset management company Brookfield that recently bought a 1,480-km pipeline owned by Mukesh Ambani’s Reliance Industries (RIL). The sources said the strategic partner will operate the pipelines and give access on a non-discriminatory basis to any entity wanting to transport gas either from a natural gas field or an LNG import terminal to consumers. GAIL already keeps separate accounts for it’s gas pipeline and marketing businesses, making it easier to split them into two entities. By unbundling GAIL and opening the sector, the government hopes to increase gas use to 15 per cent of the energy mix by 2030 from current 6.2 per cent. When talk of splitting first started in January last year, Oil Minister Dharmendra Pradhan had stated that GAIL should focus on laying pipelines, suggesting hiving of the marketing business. The sale of a stake in pipeline business would help the government meet a part of its Rs 1,05,000 crore target for raising revenue from disinvestment in the year to March 31, 2020. Incorporated in August 1984 by spinning off the gas business of ONGC, GAIL owns and operates over 11,500-km of natural gas pipelines in the country. It sells around 60 per cent of natural gas in the country. The sources said the oil ministry has not been very happy with GAIL’s performance in building pipeline network. Besides, there is a possible conflict of interest in its role as an infrastructure provider and carrier. GAIL did not start executing the Rs 12,940 crore Jagdishpur-Haldia and Bokaro-Dhamra pipeline until the government agreed to give 40 per cent of the project cost as a grant from the budget. The pipeline takes the gas to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s constituency, Varanasi. Plans to split the company had been discussed more than a decade back too but it did not materialise. The sources said refiners Indian Oil Corp (IOC) and Bharat Petroleum Corp Ltd (BPCL) had in 2017 evinced interest in acquiring GAIL to expand their gas marketing business.last_img read more

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After 7 years as a blight rusting ship removed from Beauharnois waterfront

first_imgBEAUHARNOIS, Qc – For seven years, the Kathryn Spirit loomed over the waterfront in Beauharnois, a rusting, abandoned cargo ship that to the town’s dismay became one of its most identifiable features.On Friday, federal Transport Minister Marc Garneau announced that after a number of false starts, the ship has finally been dismantled and hauled away.“Beauharnois will once again have a magnificent view on the St. Lawrence,” Garneau told reporters gathered next to the ship’s former resting place.The only remaining sign of the Kathryn Spirit is the earth-and-rock bank built to support the ship’s shaky hull and prevent it from drifting into the river. Garneau said the bank will be gone before winter.Built in 1967, the 150-metre-long ship was used to haul cargo. In 2011, a local company bought it with the idea of stripping it for scrap, but those plans met opposition from the province and local residents worried about the resulting pollution.A Mexican company subsequently bought the ship, so damaged it could not sail on its own, with the intention of towing it to Mexico. But the tugboat hired to do the job was impounded in Halifax, and the company went bankrupt in 2015.Last April, fire broke out in the engine room of the corroding ship.Garneau said the saga of the Kathryn Spirit will not be repeated because of new legislation prohibiting owners from abandoning ships and holding them responsible for any cleanup costs. Ottawa spent $11 million to remove the ship from Beauharnois.Beauharnois Mayor Bruno Tremblay said he is relieved the ship is finally gone, though he blamed a long back-and-forth between Ottawa and the province for delaying the removal.Anne Minh-Thu Quach, the local NDP MP, said the episode has left “a sour taste,” and she questioned why the company that initially brought the Kathryn Spirit to Beauharnois for scrap — Groupe St-Pierre —was hired to dismantle it. It is “an insult to intelligence to reward polluters,” she said.last_img read more

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Tunisian billionaire who fled Canada ahead of 2016 deportation arrested in France

first_imgMONTREAL — An elusive Tunisian billionaire who disappeared from Canada as he was set to be deported to his homeland in 2016 has resurfaced and is under arrest in France.Belhassen Trabelsi fell off the radar of Canadian authorities three years ago as he was to be returned to Tunisia to face justice.The Tunisian government says after being informed of Trabelsi’s arrest last week, it made clear to French officials that it wants Trabelsi returned home.A short statement provided by the Tunisian Embassy in Canada says a letter to that effect was sent to France last week through diplomatic channels.Trabelsi arrived in Canada with his wife and children in 2011 as his brother-in-law, Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, was being deposed as president by the Tunisian people.Trabelsi had previously been granted permanent resident status in Canada, but that was stripped, and in 2015 his request for refugee status was rejected. He vanished while challenging an order sending him back to Tunisia.Reports from France say Trabelsi, 56, is currently in a jail in Marseille.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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Four First Nations to create Wanska Energy Alliance

first_imgAPTN National NewsFour First Nations in Alberta and Saskatchewan are taking steps towards creating a new First Nation energy alliance.The Onion Lake Cree Nation, near the Alberta border in Saskatchewan, is banding together with the Driftpile, Sucker Creek, and Ermineskin First Nations in Alberta to form the Wanska Energy Alliance.APTN National News reporter Larissa Burnouf traveled to the Onion Lake Cree Nation, and has the story.last_img

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States lose push to force Trump to restart health subsidies

first_imgSAN FRANCISCO – A U.S. judge on Wednesday rejected a request from 18 states and the District of Columbia to force the Trump administration to resume paying “Obamacare” subsidies right away and scolded the coalition for claiming health care costs would rise without federal help.State attorneys general, all Democrats and led by Xavier Becerra of California, argued that the monthly payments are required under former President Barack Obama’s health care law and cutting them off will harm consumers. The payments reimburse insurers for providing lower-income people with discounts on out-of-pocket costs.U.S. District Judge Vince Chhabria, an Obama appointee, said the states had devised workarounds to the lost subsidies that would give millions of lower-income people even better health care options.That means the emergency order the states sought would be “counterproductive,” the judge said.The states should stop “yelling about higher premiums” and “focus instead on communicating the message that they have devised a response … that will prevent harm to the large majority of people while in fact allowing millions of lower-income people to get a better deal on health insurance in 2018,” Chhabria said.The states had asked Chhabria to order the government to keep making the payments while their lawsuit works its way through the courts, which will take months. Becerra said he will continue to press the case.“The fight for affordable health care moves forward,” he said in a statement after the ruling. “The actions by the Trump Administration undermine critical payments that keep costs of health care affordable for working families.”President Donald Trump announced earlier this month that he will cut off the payments, saying Obama’s law is imploding and criticizing the subsidies as insurance company bailouts. The White House says the government cannot legally continue paying them because there is no formal authorization from Congress.The judge said in his ruling that the Trump administration had the stronger legal argument, though he cautioned that the question of whether Congress had permanently set aside money for the subsidies was “close and complicated.”Chhabria hammered an attorney for the state of California at a hearing this week over how the change would affect consumers.Gregory Brown, who represented California, said the decision was creating “uncertainty and chaos” that could lead insurance companies to opt out of the health law. Brown also said it would “spook consumers.”Chhabria wasn’t buying the argument. He said California and other states had anticipated the subsidies would end and found a way to ensure consumers would not pay more for insurance.The states limited the plans for which insurers could hike premiums and ensured that many people will get more tax credits for their health insurance purchases, the judge said.In his ruling, Chhabria cited an October press release by California’s health care marketplace, which said the premiums of nearly four of five consumers will stay the same or decrease after surcharges tied to the lost subsidies are factored in. The judge said dozens of other states also have accounted for the end of the subsidies.The payments reimburse insurers for the costs of lowering copays and deductibles, which they are required to do for low-income customers who buy coverage through the health care marketplaces created by Obama’s law.The states joining California in the lawsuit are: Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Iowa, Kentucky, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia and Washington, along with the District of Columbia.last_img read more

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Sahrawi Activists Health Deteriorating in PolisarioManaged Prison

Rabat – The families of the three opposition activists jailed in Edhibia prison have warned that the condition of their relatives is deteriorating. The three activists have been on a hunger strike for two weeks to condemn their arbitrary detention.Members of the Polisario Front arrested the activists in June when they were participating in protests against human rights violations in the Tindouf camps.Pro-Polisario news outlet Futuro Sahara reported that Moulay Aba Bouzid and Mahmoud Zidan’s health is deteriorating due to their continuous hunger strike for “the arbitrary detention and the delays in bringing them to trial.” Moulay Aba, according to the source, is suffering from pain in his left side.Read Also: Second Sahrawi Activist Joins Hunger, Water Strike to Protest Polisario’s ViolationsThe prison doctor warned  Mahmoud Zidan that the hunger strike may result in kidney failure. The families of the detainees said that the Polisario Front should bear all the responsibility for the detainee’s health conditions.In July, the activists condemned the serious violations committed by members of the Polisario Front.One of the activists told his family that he spent 36 hours in a secret prison before he was transferred to a prison in Rabouni.Polisario also used a blindfold while they were interrogating the three activists.“We were then transferred to the Edhabia prison,” he said. The activist described the conditions of detention in the Edhabia prison as “miserable.”On July 16, Human Rights Watch (HRW) condemned  Polisario’s use of arbitrary arrests and torture.HRW also called for the immediate release of the three activists. read more

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Deprived of school future of 24 million children in conflict zones under

“Children living in countries affected by conflict have lost their homes, family members, friends, safety, and routine. Now, unable to learn even the basic reading and writing skills, they are at risk of losing their futures and missing out on the opportunity to contribute to their economies and societies when they reach adulthood,” UNICEF Chief of Education Jo Bourne said. The analysis highlights that nearly one in four of the 109.2 million children of primary and lower secondary school age – typically between six and 15 years – living in conflict areas are missing out on their education. South Sudan, which was thrown into turmoil when conflict erupted between President Salva Kiir and his former Vice-President Riek Machar two years ago, killing thousands, displacing over 2.4 million people, and impacting the food security of 4.6 million, is home to the highest proportion of out-of-school children. Over half (51 per cent) of primary and lower secondary age children have no access to an education. Niger is a close second with 47 per cent unable to attend school, followed by Sudan with 41 per cent and Afghanistan with 40 per cent. In countries affected by conflict, collecting data on children is extremely difficult and therefore these figures may themselves not adequately capture the breadth and depth of the challenge, UNICEF stressed. The agency fears that unless the provision of education in emergencies is prioritized, a generation of children living in conflict will grow up without the skills they need to contribute to their countries and economies, exacerbating the already desperate situation for millions of children and their families. Education continues to be one of the least funded sectors in humanitarian appeals. In Uganda, where UNICEF is providing services to South Sudanese refugees, education faces an 89 per cent funding gap. “School equips children with the knowledge and skills they need to rebuild their communities once the conflict is over, and in the short-term it provides them with the stability and structure required to cope with the trauma they have experienced,” Ms. Bourne said. “Schools can also protect children from the trauma and physical dangers around them. When children are not in school, they are at an increased danger of abuse, exploitation and recruitment into armed groups.” During episodes of instability and violence, schools become more than a place of learning. UNICEF is working to create safe environments where children can learn and play to restore normalcy to their lives. Despite these efforts, security restrictions and funding shortfalls are affecting education and the distribution of learning materials in conflict situations. read more

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Le PDG dOrange annonce liPhone 5 pour le 15 octobre

first_imgLe PDG d’Orange annonce l’iPhone 5 pour le 15 octobreAlors que les rumeurs se faisaient de plus en plus précises pour une sortie de l’iPhone 5 mi-octobre, le PDG d’Orange, Stéphane Richard, n’a pas su tenir sa langue. Selon les informations qu’il aurait reçues d’Apple, la nouvelle édition de l’iPhone sortirait le 15 octobre. Ça y est, le secret le plus convoité de ces derniers mois est enfin dévoilé, du moins si l’on en croit le patron d’Orange, Stéphane Richard. Alors que des rumeurs laissaient supposer que l’opérateur s’apprêtait à lancer les pré-commandes pour l’iPhone 5, le PDG a annoncé dans une interview accordée à BFM Business que la prochaine édition très attendue du smartphone sortirait le 15 octobre prochain. Ceci confirme donc les nombreux bruits qui couraient sur une sortie à la mi-octobre. À lire aussiL’étonnante expérience des ballons et du zeste d’orange”Si j’en crois ce que l’on nous a dit, l’iPhone 5 sera disponible le 15 octobre prochain”, a révélé Stéphane Richard qui est resté flou sur la manière dont cette information lui est parvenue. Mais d’après la formulation, le patron d’Orange tiendrait tout de même cette nouvelle de la firme de Cupertino, elle-même, relève Bestofmicro.com. Evidemment, aucune confirmation officielle n’est venue appuyée ces propos. Toutefois, d’autres opérateurs auraient également été informés de l’imminence de la mise à disposition de l’iPhone 5. Il ne reste donc peut-être plus qu’un mois à attendre… Le 13 septembre 2011 à 15:38 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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Intl Womens Day to be observed today

first_imgBangladesh will celebrate the International Women’s Day on Friday with the rest of the world, highlighting women’s rights and empowerment.This year’s theme is ‘Think equal, build smart, innovate for change’.Different organisations will organise various programmes on the occasion.Marking the day, the ministry of women and children affairs has arranged a discussion meeting at Bangabandhu International Conference Centre at 9:00am on 9 March. Prime minister Sheikh Hasina is likely to attend it as the chief guest.Five women will be honoured with ‘Joyeeta Award’.Products produced and manufactured by women entrepreneurs will be displayed in the district towns from 8-9 March.On the eve of the day, president Md Abdul Hamid and prime minister Sheikh Hasina issued separate messages, greeting all women across the world.Bangladesh Television, Bangladesh Betar and all other private television channels will air special programme while newspapers will publish supplements highlighting the significance of the day.last_img read more

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Merry go round for the cake

first_imgIt’s not yet Christmas, but the intoxicating aroma of the Annual Cake Mixing Ceremony at the Cafe Uno lawns of Shangri-La’s – Eros Hotel, New Delhi brought alive the rich tradition and unveiled the spirit of the festive season. Spreading the cheer along with the Chefs, the ceremony invited the participation of all media friends, corporate guests, in-house guests along with the Area Manager and General Manager Farhat Jamal, amidst tradition and fanfare dressed in typical Chefs attire of hats and aprons. Guests and colleagues together rolled up their sleeves and put their hands in the mixing pots to make the perfect Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Christmas cake. An interesting array of fruits including raisins, glazed red cherries, orange peel, tutti frutti, black currants, dates, figs, dried apricots, figs, prunes and nuts like walnuts, cashew, almond flakes and pistachio, besides spices such as ground cardamom, cinnamon and cloves were poured into a huge boat shaped cauldron. The mixing reached a spirited level when endless bottles of  liquors such as whisky, white and dark rum, vodka, gin, wine, beer and syrups like golden syrup, molasses, honey and vanilla essence were added. After the traditional cake mixing ceremony, the mixture was put into airtight bags and left to mature till around Christmas, when it will be blended with the cake batter and baked. After this traditional ceremony, the guests were invited for a pre Christmas toast at the Cafe Uno lawns.last_img read more

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Credit: UCLA Broad Stem Cell Research Center/Nature Communications News | Proton Therapy | August 06, 2019 IBA Signs Contract to Install Proton Therapy Center in Kansas IBA (Ion Beam Applications S.A.) recently signed a contract and received the first payment for a Proteus One solution… read more Related Content News | Proton Therapy | August 08, 2019 MD Anderson to Expand Proton Therapy Center The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center unveiled plans to expand its Proton Therapy Center during a… read more Feature | August 05, 2019 | Dave Fornell, Editor Most Popular Radiology and Radiotherapy Topics in July 2019 August 5, 2019 — Here is the list of the most popular content on the Imaging Technology New (ITN) magazine website fr read more News | Brachytherapy Systems | August 14, 2019 Efficacy of Isoray’s Cesium Blu Showcased in Recent Studies August 14, 2019 — Isoray announced a trio of studies recently reported at scientific meetings and published in medica read more News | Patient Positioning Radiation Therapy | August 07, 2019 Qfix kVue One Proton Couch Top Validated by Mevion Medical Systems Qfix and Mevion Medical Systems announced that a special version of the kVue One Proton couch top is now both validated… read more Technology | April 03, 2015 IBA Launches Full Suite for myQA Global Quality Assurance Platform Tools include Cockpit dashboard and cloud data storage and analysis The MD Anderson Proton Therapy Center expansion is expected to be completed in 2023. Rendering courtesy of Stantec. News | Radiation Therapy | August 16, 2019 Drug Accelerates Blood System’s Recovery After Radiation, Chemotherapy A drug developed by UCLA physician-scientists and chemists speeds up the regeneration of mouse and human blood stem… read more Catalyst PT image courtesy of C-RAD April 3, 2015 — IBA announced the release of its myQA global quality assurance platform. myQA offers full support throughout all quality assurance (QA) applications and provides the user access to their various software modules and data from one platform, anytime and anywhere.”myQA has given me the ability to have full control of my data by connecting all QA applications onto one platform and into one central database. This platform allows me to cross-check data from within the various softwares, and offers the unique opportunity to connect with peers from around the world and benchmark QA data using the myQA Cloud,” said Luis Brualla González, M.D., Hospital General Universitario, ERESA, Valencia, Spain. “With myQA, the quality assurance becomes schedulable – in every sense of the word. For example, right now I am programming QA activities after Linac interventions using subgroups from periodic QA tasks, according to technical service recommendations. Another highlight for me is the myQA Cockpit. This Web-based dashboard will allow us to quickly retrieve machine QA status updates anywhere in the department. myQA is truly an all-in-one solution.”The platform offers an all-in-one interface that enhances the QA workflow and maximizes efficiency by integrating all QA software modules into one platform and one central database (SQL) – which is accessible throughout the department and even satellites. Using the myQA Cockpit, users can maintain connectivity by reviewing and tracking their patient data and machine QA status from anywhere and on various devices, including smartphones and tablets. It also allows the user to keep an instant overview with simple and clear reporting on one screen. With the myQA Cloud, the user is given a unique outlet to perform benchmarking of their QA data for best practice checks and full trust in their results. The myQA Cloud grants users the opportunity to anonymously connect with peers and data from around the world.For more information: www.iba-worldwide.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 The top piece of content in July was a video interview explaining how Princess Margaret Cancer Center is using machine learning to create automated treatment plans. This was a hot topic at the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) 2019 meeting in July.  News | Patient Positioning Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 Mevion and C-RAD Release Integration for Improved Proton Therapy Treatment Quality Mevion Medical Systems and C-RAD announced the integration between the C-RAD Catalyst PT and the Mevion S250i proton… read more News | Radiation Oncology | July 31, 2019 Laura Dawson, M.D., FASTRO, Chosen as ASTRO President-elect The members of the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) elected four new officers to ASTRO’s Board of… read more News | Radiation Therapy | August 02, 2019 Varian Showcases Cancer Care Systems and Software at AAPM 2019 Varian showcased systems and software from its cancer care portfolio, including the Identify Guidance System, at the… read more last_img read more

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Grand Hotel Kronenhof in Pontresina Switzerland

first_imgGrand Hotel Kronenhof in Pontresina, Switzerland, has unveiled 13 newly renovated rooms and junior suites by the award-winning French interior designer Pierre-Yves Rochon, who has previously worked with other luxury brands such as Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts and The Peninsula Hotels.All of the rooms are in the historic part of the hotel, which dates to the very late 19th century, but all have a contemporary feel incorporating calming colours that reflect the local landscape. So, for example, one colourway uses beige and peachy tones that echo the paints used on traditional Engadine houses, while another is predominantly green inspired by the colours of the heavily wooded slopes in the local area. Accents have been created with the use of lacquered pieces (a Rochon trademark) and all the rooms are carpeted in order to reduce noise impact.The end result is newly created rooms that provide the perfect synergy between grand hotel style and modern Alpine living, somewhere that regional traditions and international expectations combine to create tranquil, luxurious and light interiors where every comfort is met and guests can completely relax.“With every new project, I look at the existing architecture, the environmental characteristics, the local people’s way of life, typical materials, etc. I respect the village’s history and its traditions. And then I hope to create something that will amaze the hotel guests that choose and love this property and make them like it even more. The designhas to be committed to the needs of the guests and should not reflect the ego of aninterior architect.“And of course there are details that make a stay in the room more pleasant. A practical entry area, comfortable bathrooms with separate showers and toilets, a generous dressing space, the light, the view … The new hotel rooms of the Grand Hotel Kronenhof are designed like apartments or studios”.Pierre-Yves RochonThe rooms have inspired a new package called “Rendez-Vous avec Rochon”, which includes three nights’ half-board accommodation, a welcome bottle of Moët & Chandon Champagne, a magical private horse-drawn carriage ride through the picturesque winter wonderland to Val Roseg and a gourmet menu at the Kronenstübli where the specialty Canard à la presse is served, as well as complimentary use of the Kronenhof Spa. Prices start from CHF1085 per person sharing a double room and the package is valid from 1 March to 1 April 2017.last_img read more

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