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Social MediaFacebook – www.facebook.com/touchfootballaustraliaTwitter – www.twitter.com/touchfootyaus (be sure to use the hashtag #NTL2013)Instagram – search for ‘Touch Football Australia’YouTube – www.youtube.com/touchfootballausTouch Football Australia will be live streaming matches on their YouTube page.Related LinksDeaf team a possiblity By BEN HARRISAn historic milestone could be achieved at next year’s X-Blades National Touch League tournament if David Brady gets his way.Touch Football Australia’s general manager of business operations is hoping to set-up an Australian deaf team to play at the 2014 national competition.Brady is deaf himself and has to rely on two hearing aids.He has been hearing impaired since he was born but his disability doesn’t stop him from doing day-to-day tasks or participate at this year’s National Touch League.Brady is playing in the men’s 40s division for the ACT Pirates.After orchestrating a very successful inaugural Deaf Touch Football Australian National Championships in January, Brady wants to take that next step by establishing an Aussie representative team.“Next year we hope to have an Australian deaf team here at the tournament,” Brady said.“Already I can see it will be an interesting challenge. It will be completely different for the referees and the opposition but we have to get it together and hopefully this message goes out to all the kids out there, the boys and the girls, we will try and get a team together and come to this fantastic tournament.”Brady said touch football has a distinct advantage over many other sports in the country as it can be played by anybody.“If you can’t play footy anymore when you get to the masters you are able to still play with the ball in hand,” he said.“But more importantly for the kids, a lot of kids who have cochlear implants can’t play contact sport. Touch football is one of those sports that they can aspire to. “If their brothers or sisters play rugby or rugby union and feel left out, touch football is a way of being included and being part of it.“Anybody who is deaf or hard of hearing, get yourself to a touch team and keep on trying. Nothing is impossible.”Unable to hear while playing is very difficult but Brady said he manages.“Playing in the deaf games… it was completely different with styles and tactics and coming into a hearing competition, you see how organised they are and there is a big difference between the communications. It is a big learning curve.Brady is not the only deaf person playing at this year’s NTLs.Greg Quinn is playing for the Pirates in the men’s 45s.“Greg is one of the best players but he has a harder job because he plays in the middle and I play on the wing so I’ve probably got an easier job,” Brady said.“Greg has got to make more calls, try to work out what is happening with his teammates. He is one of the smartest players I’ve met in my life.”You can keep up-to-date with all of the latest news and information from the 2013 X-Blades National Touch League in the following ways:Websiteswww.ntl.mytouchfooty.comwww.austouch.com.au
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Bournemouth boss Howe praises Stacey for winning debutby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveBournemouth boss Eddie Howe praised Jack Stacey for victory over Everton.Stacey was handed his Premier League debut.Howe said, “I thought Jack did really well. He was up against a really tough competitor in Alex Iwobi who is an outstanding player.“He was examined by him and responded every time. I thought he stepped up defensively and did a really good job for the team.“Usually, he’s a marauding full-back, up and down the line. But he knew he had to be responsible and defend first. He did it really well.“I was really pleased with him. It’s a huge moment for any player to make their debut in the Premier League. He’s done it in impressive fashion and was part of a winning team so credit to him.”
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Kurt Zouma: Chelsea kids play with no fearby Paul Vegas19 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveKurt Zouma says Chelsea’s young team are still adjusting to eachother’s games.Zouma is relatively new to this particular Chelsea side, which he acknowledges is a work in progress.”We are improving a lot,” the central defender told chelseafc.com. “Last year there were some players out on loan who have come back, like me, so you need time to settle everything. We are getting better and better.”The young guys are here to bring something new, and the older guys are here to calm things down, stop the young guys getting too excited too quickly, and give advice on dealing with the pressure. We have a very strong team because we have that mix. It can be good for everyone.”We have a very young squad but they are talented at the same time. You can see all the guys, Fikayo, Tammy, Mason, Reece who started his first game, have no fear. They just play their football.”All the guys are ready to give advice and help. We are a team. For me they are ready to compete in every game. They will be very important to help the team keep going forward. They have the quality and you can see from the way they’re playing they’re doing very well.”We have a good mix of young and old, everybody speaks to everybody.”
Centre Manager at the Teen Hub located at the Half-Way-Tree Transport Centre in St. Andrew, Nicola Walker, speaks to JIS News, recently. Story Highlights Parents are being encouraged to not give up on teens, who display behavioural problems, but instead, spend quality time with them and seek professional help if necessary.Centre Manager at the Teen Hub based at the Half-Way-Tree Transport Centre in St. Andrew, Nicola Walker, in making the appeal, said that many of the issues, which cause difficulties between parents and their teenage children can be resolved through counselling.“Counselling does help, counselling does work. Sometimes it is a mental issue that the child is dealing with, or some other issue that is happening out there,” she said during an interview with JIS News, noting that entities such as the Child Protection and Family Services Agency (CPFSA) can assist.She said that some children, who are labelled “bad”, may have learning difficulties and will need professional help.“Sometimes the parents don’t know how to get the help, and that’s why we (teen hub) are here. Come and talk to us; we will see how best we can get help for your child,” she noted.Mrs. Walker, who interacts with scores of youngsters daily at the hub, told JIS News that they need the support of their parents to navigate the difficult teen years.As such, she is advising parents to sit and talk to their children, noting that such interaction helps to build harmonious relationships.“Explain to them why ‘I don’t want you to go to that party, why I don’t want you out late at nights.’ Just explain your fears so that they can understand that you are not being rigid, or don’t want them to have fun; but that some of their actions may have consequences that they are not ready to deal with. Just spend some quality time with our teen,” she stressed.Mrs. Walker noted too that some parents may be overwhelmed with the pressures of work and making ends meet, which may cause them to neglect their parenting role.“Just get your emotional and mental state straightened out and then help the child. They can be better children, they can do right, they will make mistakes, but it is not the end of the world, and the child is not bad. Don’t throw them on the streets. Your efforts will one day pay off when that child will be able to turn around and be of assistance to you,” she said.The Teen Hub was established in 2017 to offer services such as conselling, career guidance and support to youngsters, and their parents where necessary.It is a partnership involving the Ministry of Health and Wellness, the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, and the AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AFH).
OTTAWA – A Montreal woman whose father has been imprisoned in China wants Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to press for the release of him and more than a dozen other prisoners, but she isn’t optimistic.It has been more than 15 years since Ti-Anna Wang last saw her father, Wang Bingzhang, who has been in solitary confinement in China after his arrest and trial for trying to foster democracy — a legal process widely derided as a sham.Wang pressed her case with Trudeau last year when he first visited China, but she’s sensing a momentum in Sino-Canadian relations that leaves her discouraged: the focus, she says, is all about deepening trade ties with China, and not speaking frankly about human rights.“It speaks volumes about what our government prioritizes in terms of importance,” Wang said Thursday. “It’s indicative of a misguided hierarchy of values.”Her father, one of the first generation of Chinese students permitted to travel abroad, got his doctorate at Montreal’s McGill University, but was abducted by Chinese agents in Vietnam in 2002 and taken to China, where he was convicted.The Wang case is one of 16 that a coalition of Canadian human rights groups led by Amnesty International wants Trudeau to raise directly with Chinese leadership after he touches down in Beijing next week.In addition to that list of political prisoners adopted by Amnesty, the daughter of two Canadian winery owners from British Columbia who have been held by Chinese authorities renewed her plea for Trudeau to help her family.Amy Chang, 24, told Trudeau in a letter this week that last 20 months have been a “nightmare” since her parents, John Chang and Allison Lu, were jailed after a customs dispute with the government.Trudeau will be paying his second visit to China in 16 months, part of a renewed push by the government to deepen economic relations.In announcing his return trip, Trudeau’s office emphasized the need to strengthen trade, investment and job creation. He also plans to continue frank dialogue with China on topics like human rights and good governance.Amnesty Secretary General Alex Neve says in a letter to Trudeau that the human rights situation has deteriorated since his visit to China last year.That includes a clampdown on human rights lawyers and moves to curtail freedom of assembly and expression, says Neve.The fact that so many Canadians or people with Canadian connections are behind bars in China has consequences for any future trade deal, he said.“Now is the time to be very serious about this when we are considering taking the Canada-China relationship to even deeper levels.”The coalition wants Canada to push for mandatory human rights assessments in any potential free trade negotiation with China.International Trade Minister Francois-Philippe Champagne appears to be playing down expectations that Trudeau will announce formal trade talks next week.The minister said in a speech Thursday that Canada wants to ensure a level playing field for small- and medium-sized companies. And he suggested human rights would be part of the discussion.“Canada has always set a bar and has always sought to move the dial for human progress through engagement.”
The Ministry has equipment ready to start rebuilding a road into the area but has been waiting for approval to enter the Old Fort and start investigating the options for building either a new road or finding a way to use the existing one.In an update Wednesday the PRRD said that over the past few days the geotechnical team has found signs of movement on the slopes to the east of the large bedrock ‘knob’ in the hillside above Old Fort.Geologists said that the movement is related to movement on the upslope portion of the active slide, and that no recent slope movement was noted in the hillside above most homes in the Old Fort subdivision.The PRRD’s geotechnical team also conducted an aerial assessment of the off-road vehicle trail running along the ridge on the eastern edge of the ancient slide complex above most subdivision houses.Geologists say that while they did not see any signs of recent slope movement, they will be conducting more examinations of that portion of the hillside on Thursday to confirm the findings.The Regional District said that the geotechnical team spent time in the field discussing various landslide initiation models, as well as the direction their investigation would focus on over the coming days. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Peace River Regional District has issued permits for B.C. Hydro and the Ministry of Transportation to enter the Old Fort.Wednesday afternoon, the PRRD issued temporary access permits to B.C. Hydro and the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure to start investigating how to restore service to the community.Power has been out in the Old Fort since October 5, when the transmission line into the community shifted due to the landslide. Over the past several days, the geotechnical team also had a good look at the slopes above Old Fort Road to the east of the active slide complex, and could not see any significant signs of recent slope movement – which supports data collected during aerial LiDAR surveys.Lateral tension cracks that had recently appeared on the hillside immediately east of the active slide complex have now started to turn downslope, which means the lateral shear zone on this side of the slide may be developing.The PRRD explained that those findings indicate that, at this point, the surface of the original Old Fort Slide does not appear to have been impacted by the recent slope movement.
The theatre fraternity and audiences came together in the national capital for red-carpet award night of 14th Mahindra Excellence in Theatre Awards (META) Festival. Promoted by Mahindra Group as part of its cultural outreach programmes, the week-long extravaganza came to an end as the past year’s best plays from across the country were awarded the coveted META at Kamani Auditorium.The META is India’s most comprehensive theatre awards and much revered in the theatre fraternity, recognising both on-stage and off-stage talent across 14 award categories, including the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award. The jury for the 14th edition of META comprised of actor and screenwriter Akash Khurana, founder and former Executive Director of India Foundation for the Arts Anmol Vellani, Ila Arun, Kulbhushan Kharbanda, Managing trustee of Nrityagram Lynne Fernandez, Former editor of The Hindu Mukund Padmanabhan, internationally-renowned dance historian, scholar, author and critic Sunil Kothari, and present Director of the India Habitat Centre in New Delhi Sunit Tandon. TAAM, Manipur’s Hindi Adaptation Andha Yug won the 2019 META for Best Play along with Prakash Mangaldin Singh winning for Best Stage Design and Sajida Saji for Best Costume. Rukmini Sircar shared the Best Actor in a Lead Role (Female) award with Anjana Balaji. Her Co-actor Dharanidharan U won the META for Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Male) for his role as ‘Aaya’, Janani’s maid, the one who helped her elope, bringing Chandâla, Impure a total of two wins at META 2019. Malayalam production Chillara Samaram from Little Earth School Of Theatre Kerala also won two awards including Best Ensemble and Best Choreography. The META for Best Actor in a Lead Role (Male) was awarded to Shrungha BV for his portrayal of ‘Abhay’, in the drama Kola. Whereas Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Female) was bagged by Mallika Lokhande. One of India’s most progressive playwrights, Mahesh Elkunchwar has conferred the META Lifetime Achievement Award for his contribution to Indian theatre. In a message to META, he said, “I am very happy to receive this prestigious award. META has been consistently honouring good theatre. It is a nice feeling to receive an award from people who genuinely love theatre.” This year’s edition of the festival saw a record-breaking 414 entries sent in for various categories. These were viewed by an eminent selection committee, comprising well-known theatre practitioners. Hosted by renowned award-winning actor, director, and producer and one of the pioneer RJs of India, Mantra, the META Awards Night saw the presence of several stalwarts and influencers. Performances by The Revisit Project with their groovy music and exciting fusion in raag jog taal and teen-tal by The Project Ganganis, further enlivened proceedings. After the successful debut of Learning@META last year, the Festival also featured a series of Workshops and Panel Discussions during the non-performing hours of the festival. These panel discussions, curated in partnership with the Drama School Mumbai (DSM), were extremely well received and featured META-nominated stalwarts in conversation with theatre students, practitioners, and enthusiasts.
New Delhi: Hitting back at the Congress, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Thursday said first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru was the “original sinner” who favoured China over India for permanent membership into the United Nation Security Council.This comes within hours of Congress president Rahul Gandhi terming Prime Minister Narendra Modi as “weak” and “scared” of Chinese President Xi Jinping after Beijing blocked a UN resolution to designate JeM chief Masood Azhar a global terrorist. Also Read – How a psychopath killer hid behind the mask of a devout laity!”The original mistake, both on Kashmir and China, was committed by the same person,” said Jaitley while quoting a letter written by Nehru to Chief Ministers on August 2, 1955. Jaitley, who heads the publicity committee of the BJP for the ensuing general elections, has quoted a part of the letter. “Pt. Nehru’s infamous letter to Chief Ministers’ dated August 2, 1955, states ‘Informally, suggestions have been made by the United States that China should be taken into the United Nations but not in the Security Council, & that India should take her place in the Security Council. Also Read – Encounter under way in Pulwama, militant killed”..We cannot, of course, accept this as it means falling out with China and it would be very unfair for a great country like China not to be in the Security Council,” he said in a series of tweets. Taking a jibe at Rahul Gandhi, Jaitley asked, “Will the Congress President tell us who the original sinner was?” India’s bid to designate the chief of Pakistan-based terror group Jaish-e-Mohammed as a global terrorist suffered a setback with China putting a technical hold on a proposal to ban him following the Pulwama terror attack. The proposal to designate Azhar under the 1267 Al-Qaeda Sanctions Committee of the UNSC was moved by France, the UK and the US on February 27, days after a suicide bomber of the JeM killed 44 CRPF soldiers in Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama, leading to a flare-up in tensions between India and Pakistan.
New Delhi: Want to create your own music? Try Google’s first ever Artificial Intelligence (AI)-powered Doodle, dedicated to celebrate the birth anniversary of renowned German musician and composer Johann Sebastian Bach. Bach, who lived during the Baroque period of the 18th century, produced hundreds of compositions including cantatas, concertos, suites and chorales. The Doodle, developed in partnership with Magenta and PAIR teams at Google, is an interactive experience where the composer is playing an organ in celebration of his March 21, 1685, birthday under the old Julian calendar, encouraging musicians to compose their own two-measure melody. Also Read – Swiggy now in 500 Indian cities, targets 100 more this year With the press of a button, the Doodle uses Machine Learning (ML) to harmonise the custom melody into Bach’s signature music style. With the interactive Doodle, one “can create own melody, and through the magic of ML, the Doodle will harmonise your melody in Bach’s style”, Lauren Hannah-Murphy, Programme Manager at Google AI said in a statement on Friday. “You can also explore inside the Doodle to see how the model Bach-ifys familiar tunes, or how your new collaboration might sound in a more modern rock style,” Hannah-Murphy added. Also Read – New HP Pavilion x360 notebook with in-built Alexa in India To create the AI-powered Doodle, the teams first build a ML model called Coconet and then customised it to match Bach’s musical style. Coconet can be used in a wide range of musical tasks-such as harmonising melodies, creating smooth transitions between disconnected fragments of music and composing from scratch. The team then trained Coconet on 306 of Bach’s chorale harmonisations. His chorales always have four voices: each carries their own melodic line, creating a rich harmonic progression when played together. Further, to ensure that people around the world could use the Doodle, the teams used PAIR’s TensorFlow.js, which allows ML to happen entirely within an internet browser. The ML model can also be worked on Google’s new Tensor Processing Units (TPUs), for cases where someone’s computer or device might not support TensorFlow.js. “The Doodle is the first one ever to use TPUs in this way,” Hannah-Murphy said.
OSU sophomore wide receiver Noah Brown (80) celebrates his first half touchdown with OSU fifth-year wide receiver Corey Smith (5) during the first game of the 2016 season against Bowling Green on Sept. 3 at Ohio Stadium. The Buckeyes won 77-10. Credit: Alexa Mavrogianis | Photo EditorFollowing Ohio State’s 77-10 victory over Bowling Green at Ohio Stadium on Saturday, coach Urban Meyer surpassed his ideal 250-250 rushing and passing yard game and was more than pleased when looking over the numbers for the first time at the postgame press conference. But before he made any judgments on the offense, he said he and his staff would go back to the Woody Hayes Athletic Center and analyze the offensive production. During Monday’s media session, Meyer delivered his overall takeaways.“I think it was good, it wasn’t great,” Meyer said regarding the performance of the offense. “There were some disappointments.”Against the Falcons, the Buckeyes broke an 86-year-old program record with 776 total yards of offense, tied a team school record of seven touchdown passes in a single game, had nine players catch a pass and accumulated 11 touchdowns from six different players. Despite all that, Meyer revealed an opinion on his offense that didn’t reflect the final score.According to Meyer, the technique of the wideouts has to improve despite making “some very good plays.” He said sixth-year senior Corey Smith should be better than he played even though he’s still coming back from last season’s season-ending leg injury. Redshirt junior quarterback J.T. Barrett echoed Meyer’s sentiment about the high standards the wide receivers need to play at for an even more efficient offense.“There was some times where we had some missed assignments out there, which we could’ve scored,” Barrett said. “I guess it was bad timing.”OSU’s offense accounted for six penalties for 40 yards, three of which came from redshirt junior right guard Billy Price. Redshirt senior center Pat Elflein was the only member of the offensive line that was named a champion on offense — a weekly honor from the coaching staff given to those who performed beyond expectations. Price, being the other returning starter on the unit known as “The Slobs” from a season ago, said that he and the rest of the offensive line have to fine-tune some fundamentals.“I think we’re going to be a little more calm,” Price said about OSU’s upcoming game versus Tulsa. “We all have things to improve on. Maybe we missed a route or a block, but those are some things that we can fix in the next couple of weeks and clean up.”Junior H-back Curtis Samuel and Barrett were obvious standouts to Meyer, who named them co-offensive players of the week. Other than the pick-six at the beginning of the game, Barrett played an almost flawless game throwing 21-for-31, 349 yards and six touchdowns through the air. However, a couple newcomers also stood above the rest on the receiving core.Redshirt freshman wide receiver K.J. Hill and redshirt sophomore wideout Terry McLaurin were named two of the five offensive champions against Bowling Green. Hill opened up the scoring for OSU with a 47-yard touchdown reception from Barrett, and McLaurin — who Meyer said will play more moving forward — had just one catch for 12 yards, but made an impact in the blocking game.Meyer and Co. are looking for more performances like Hill’s and McLaurin’s to become the normal on OSU’s offense.“We always try to critique ourselves and make sure we try to get better. So the positives, you kind of flip through those rather quickly, and look at the plays that need work on still,” Barrett said. “I think that’s how any team should look at it. Especially we had a good day, but there was still things we could improve on.”
Ohio State baseball players mob Noah McGowan following his walk-off double Sunday to give Ohio State the 6-5 win against Indiana. Credit: Mac Connor | Ohio State AthleticsGreg Beals was not worried about Ohio State’s chances of making the NCAA baseball tournament.Ending the season with a No. 37 RPI ranking, navigating through the loser’s bracket to get to a semifinal game against No. 1 Minnesota in the Big Ten tournament, the Buckeyes were in a prime position to earn its first national tournament bid since 2016.However, without any control over whether a tournament bid was in his team’s future, there was a level of anticipation as the names on the bracket were being read.“I felt really good about our chances coming into today, but your destiny is in the hands of a committee. So you are not 100 percent, you don’t feel great,” Beals said. “So, when you see your name up on the board, a pretty good fist pump went out and then I went into immediate competitive mode.”Ohio State will travel to Greenville, North Carolina, as a No. 3 seed to take on No. 2 South Carolina in the regional round of the NCAA Tournament. The Buckeyes will join No. 1 East Carolina and No. 4 University of North Carolina Wilmington in the Greenville regional.Right-handed pitcher Seth Kinker said there was a collective excitement between him and his teammates when Ohio State’s name popped up on the bracket.“There were a lot of different projections and you look at those projections and you don’t really know where you are going to go,” Kinker said. “Then you finally see it and you are like yeah, that is satisfying and now you can take the weight off your shoulders.”After losing in the first round of the Big Ten Tournament to Purdue, the Buckeyes, much like their 2016 conference tournament run, eliminated both Iowa and Michigan in the loser’s bracket before eventually falling to the Golden Gophers in the semifinals.Even though the team came out of Omaha without a conference championship, the mentality stays the same for Ohio State heading into its regional.“After we lost our last game in the Big Ten Tournament, [Beals] said, ‘Look, this season is over now. This is a start of a new season,’” senior infielder Noah McGowan said. “Everyone is starting out 0-0 basically and the goal is to end your season with a win, so that is our mindset going into the regional.”McGowan said the two wins against the Hawkeyes and the Wolverines created a belief in the Ohio State locker room that they can play with anyone in the nation, a confidence that whichever team the Buckeyes face in the NCAA tournament will be one they can keep up with.That is where Beals’ mind went as soon as he saw his team’s name on the screen. Amidst the cheers and celebration by his players and coaches, Ohio State’s head coach delegated game plans to each of his assistant coaches for the potential opponents in the regional.For Beals, he is excited to be in the NCAA tournament. Now, he knows he and his team have a job to do.“We are certainly very, very happy to be in the tournament, but, make no mistake about it, we are going to East Carolina to win a regional,” Beals said. “That’s our mission.”No. 3 Ohio State will open up tournament play at 2 p.m. Friday against No. 2 South Carolina.
Chris Holtmann celebrates during a timeout in the second half of the game against Penn State on Feb. 7. Ohio State won 74-70. Credit: Ethan Clewell | Senior Lantern ReporterHead coach Chris Holtmann has officially re-filled his coaching staff.Ohio State confirmed Monday that Jake Diebler will replace former assistant coach Mike Schrage for the 2019-20 basketball season. Schrage left the Buckeyes on April 5 for a head coaching job at Elon.“We are excited about the addition of Jake Diebler to our staff,” Holtmann said in a statement. “Jake has shown the ability to recruit at a high level, teach and develop players and his work ethic is highly regarded.”Diebler is the brother of former Ohio State guard Jon Diebler, and played four years with Valparaiso from 2005-09. Jake Diebler then took a student assistant role at Diebler before becoming an assistant coach there in 2012.Jake Diebler was at Ohio State as a video coordinator from 2014-16, and was more recently an assistant coach at Vanderbilt for the past two seasons.
Former Rangers Football Club player Derek Johnstone insists the club’s manager Steven Gerrard will learn a lot about his players over their next three fixtures.Gerrard who was appointed as the club’s manager at the end of last season has enjoyed a very impressive start to life at the Ibrox, with his team yet to lose a game in all competitions after ten games.With two wins and a draw coming in domestic league and cup competitions, the former Liverpool captain couldn’t have asked for a better start.But with games against Motherwell, a second leg UEFA Europa League playoff tie against FC Ufa and the derby against Celtic, Johnstone insists Gerrard would learn more about his team during that three-game spell.“There is a huge difference in the team from last year and Rangers are undoubtedly more of a unit now and there is a higher calibre of player across the park.” Johnstone said, as quoted by Evening times.Owen reveals why Liverpool didn’t offer Gerrard a new contract Manuel R. Medina – September 6, 2019 According to Owen, the Reds wanted to sell Gerrard two years before he left the club and that’s why they didn’t offer him a contract renewal.“Defensively, we are not giving as much away as we were last season but if Steven has one worry I think it will be in a creative sense. We are not getting enough in the final third at times and I am sure Steven will try and correct that.”“Overall, though, it has been a really impressive start and the win over Ufa on Thursday night has given Rangers a chance to get back into the group stage of a European competition.”“The clean sheet at Ibrox was important and if Rangers score over in Russia I think the tie is finished. It is a great opportunity.”“If we can get through in Russia next Thursday, what a lift that would give everyone ahead of the big one, the one that we have all been waiting for at Parkhead on Sunday.”“The only bonus going into the Old Firm is that Celtic will be playing – albeit at home – on the Thursday night as well so they have that to contend with.”
Former Rangers midfielder Alex Rae believes his old club have a fighting chance of beating Celtic to the Scottish Premiership title this season.Rae, who won the Premiership title with the Gers in 2005, admits he did not expect Steven Gerrard to mount a serious challenge for the title in his first season in charge at the Ibrox.“Even when Rangers were winning games in the first half of the season, Gerrard was still saying some performances weren’t good enough and they needed to do better,” said Rae, according to the Scotsman.“People were saying it was a massive gamble appointing him as manager but I always felt he would raise the bar.”Rangers is still behind Celtic: John Hartson Manuel R. Medina – September 3, 2019 According to the former Celtic player, there’s still a massive gap between his ex-club and Rangers in the Scottish Premier League.“After they lost at Celtic Park in September, he said ‘judge us on 29 December’. That was a massive statement because he had to back it up. His team did that by beating Celtic at Ibrox. It has been impressive because I don’t think anyone would have foreseen it at the start of the season.”“At that stage, I felt second place was the best Rangers could hope for. But they are most certainly in with a fighting chance now. If they won it, it would be right up there with the most impressive things ever achieved at the club when you consider where Rangers have been in the last few years.”“Celtic are still the favourites and it’s important to keep it in context. They have a a run of home games after the break, which I think they will canter, while Rangers have tricky away games at Kilmarnock and Livingston. Celtic will come back refreshed, everyone will, and it makes for a fascinating second half of the season.”
After recent alarm bells over the cases of mosquito-borne diseases such as chikungunya, dengue and Zika fever with no available vaccines, consumers are queueing up to buy the latest mosquito repellents. Unofficial estimates suggest that the sales of such repellents are up by nearly 10 times compared to this summer.Creams, oils, gels, sprays, stickers and vapourisers, all forms of anti-mosquito products are disappearing of the shelves, prompting the manufacturers such as Dabur, Reckitt Benckiser and Godrej to introduce more innovative products and even wage price wars by offering products as low as Rs 1.While Godrej launched a paper-based mosquito repellent â€“ the GoodKnight card â€“ for just Rs 1, Dabur also launched its Odomos sachet for the same price.”We plan to launch an entire range of outdoor mosquito repellents, which will also include antimosquito stickers. We are present in the indoor mosquito repellent category but the diseases are spread by the aedes aegypti mosquito in the morning, when people are out of their home and working,” a company official of Godrej, makers of mosquito repellent brand Good Knight, was quoted saying to the Hindustan Times, as it plans to enter the outdoor repellent space.Aedes aegypti mosquito is the carrier of diseases such as Zika fever, chikungunya and dengue. The World Health Organisation said in a statement on Thursday that till date, there is no vaccine available to prevent dengue and chikungunya, although research is ongoing. “The only effective preventive measure is protection against mosquito bites and vector control,” it said.Not wanting to be left behind and with growing demand, Dabur, which makes the outdoor-mosquito repellent cream Odomos and a natural competitor of Godrej, is also planning to introduce newer innovative products. “We are working on two more innovations. We want to launch them soon but this will be decided only after checking their efficacy,” Praveen Jaipuriar, marketing head of personal care, Dabur India, said.Reckitt Benckiser (RB), which sells products under the brand name Mortein, is also launching products considering changing patterns of mosquito-borne diseases.”Due to changing climatic conditions, such as extended winters, summers and the delayed monsoon season — mosquitoes are showing signs of changing seasonality. RB is witnessing an increase in demand for liquid electric diffusers,” said a company spokesperson.German pharmaceutical company Bayer launched a new product in India in the form of tablets that control the breeding of mosquitoes in water. The product is used by local municipal corporations for community-based larva control in societies and homes.”As 80% of a mosquito’s life stage is spent in water, it is important to control the breeding of mosquitoes. In order to enhance the duration of control, we have launched an innovative larvicide called Barcelo Tab, to control the breeding of mosquitoes in water,” said a spokesperson of Bayer.According to a report by Euromonitor, India’s insect repellent market clocks Rs 4,400 crore in retail sales a year. The same report also mentions that coils are the top selling repellents with a 50% market share, although sprays are also gaining popularity.
Participants pose for a photograph at a roundtable on nutrition at CA Bhaban in Karwan Bazar on Wednesday. Photo: Prothom AloPromoting nutrition education among youths through innovative campaign is essential to fight malnutrition problem of young generation, experts told a roundtable on Wednesday.Prothom Alo in association with Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) of United Nations organised the roundtable titled ‘Nutritious World: Young Generation’s Engagement’ at CA Bhaban in the city’s Karwan Bazar area.Nutrition experts also observed that most of the people of the country lack nutrition literacy which hinders their growth and wellbeing.Most of the youths take junk food and skip breakfast endangering their physical condition, discussants said.Food ministry’s planning and monitoring unit (FPMU) director general M Badrul Arefin said that innovative campaigns such as printing nutrition related advertisement in the cover of text book can be helpful to spread awareness on nutrition.He also said that the government is working to ensure good governance in the nutrition sector.Director general of Bangladesh National Nutrition Council (BNNC) Shah Newaz urged youths to maintain a balanced lifestyle.FAO’s governance policy advisor Naser Farid urged the stakeholders to ensure an environment where youth can develop nutrition entrepreneurship.Bangladesh Institute of ICT in Development’s (BIID) chief executive officer (CEO) Shahid Uddin Akbar said the idea of Nutrition Clubs in educational institutions has contributed to build awareness and disseminate knowledge on nutrition among the students.He said Nutrition Clubs should be set up in more educational institutions of remote areas. Senior nutritionist of Meeting the Undernutrition Challenge (MUCH) project Lalita Bhattacharjee said, “We need to spread our nutrition messages to the adolescent in a very interesting way so that we can convince them to take more nutritious food instead of junk food.”Member of Bangladesh Agricultural University’s Nutrition Club Ruhul Amin, general secretary of College of Home Economics’ Nutrition Club Zerin Tasnim, president of Maple Leaf International School Nutrition Club Misha Ahsan shared their experience of running Nutrition Clubs in their respective educational institutions.Chief technical advisor of MUCH project Naoki Minamiguchi, technical director of Helen Keller International’s National Information Platform for Nutrition Jillian L Waid and Save the Children’s SUCHANA programme chief of party Sheikh Shahed Rahman also spoke at the roundtable moderated by Prothom Alo associate editor Abdul Quayym.
California Attorney General Kamala Harris (Twitter Photo)WASHINGTON – Kamala Harris, the California attorney general and the early odds-on favorite to become the state’s first Black U.S. senator, returned to her Howard University roots during homecoming week to raise money and reconnect with her sorority members, longtime friends and supporters.Harris, who political experts say is the frontrunner in the race to replace retiring Sen. Barbara Boxer, hosted a few private events and fundraisers last week to further solidify her network of supporters.“I came to reconnect with friends and supporters and hear their concerns,” she said.Howard, she said, has been a special place in her career and her life. “Howard is really a place that teaches us who we can be, and most importantly teaches us we can be anybody,” she said.The attorney general said it was important to meet with her fellow members of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority’s Alpha Chapter, which was founded in 1908 at Howard University.“My sorors support me spiritually and professionally,” Harris said. “That’s the great thing about a sisterhood.”Harris’ time at Howard was spent studying economics and political science, arguing on the debate team and working with Howard University Student Association (HUSA).It was at Howard where she won her first election, becoming the freshman class representative the College of Arts and Sciences. The experience molded her political career and sense of duty towards people who need their voices to be heard, she said.“I was working with HUSA in our tiny office creating priorities around folks that needed a voice,” she said.After graduating from Howard in 1986, Harris returned to her hometown in the San Francisco Bay area and earned a degree from University of California Hastings College of the Law. Harris was deputy district attorney of Alameda County and district attorney of San Francisco before receiving the Democratic nomination for California attorney general in 2010.One of Harris’ main priorities has been to reduce recidivism among California inmates. According to the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation 2013 Report, 61 percent of California inmates find themselves back in institutions within three years of release. Harris, California’s first Black woman attorney general, said as she talked with friends and others during homecoming week, they were focused on, “criminal justice reform, early education, minimum wage, the environment and immigration.”Harris said she hopes to influence young women to be persistent and determined in chasing their own success.“I always want to encourage young girls to never listen to or hear the word ‘no’,” Harris said, “I eat that word for breakfast. I hear ‘no’ maybe on the fifth time.”
By WILLIAM J. KOLE, Associated PressBOSTON (AP) — Ayanna Pressley didn’t campaign to make history, but she did on Tuesday, officially becoming Massachusetts’ first Black woman elected to the U.S. House of Representatives.The Democrat sailed through the general election unopposed, two months after unseating 10-term Rep. Michael Capuano in a national political stunner in the state primary.In this Oct. 1, 2018 file photo, Boston City Councilor Ayanna Pressley speaks at a rally at City Hall in Boston. On Nov. 6, Pressley became Massachusetts’ first black woman elected to the U.S. House of Representatives. (AP Photo/Mary Schwalm, File)“Activists and agitators have brought us to this very moment,” Pressley told cheering supporters Tuesday night. “None of us ran to make history. We ran to make change … and change is on the way.”“Can a congresswoman wear her hair in braids? Rock a black leather jacket?” she added — and the crowd roared.With no Republican in the race in the heavily Democratic district, her September upset victory had all but assured Pressley the keys to the office, with only the remote possibility of a write-in campaign to potentially stop her. That unlikely scenario behind her, she’ll now represent the 7th Congressional District — the first in Massachusetts where minorities make up a majority of the voting population.“It is hard to believe that in the 230-year history of our delegation, there’s never been a person of color,” she said on “Matter of Fact with Soledad O’Brien.”(Although that’s true of the House, Republican Sen. Edward Brooke of Massachusetts, who took office in 1967, was the first Black politician to be elected by popular vote after the 17th Amendment was ratified in 1913.)Pressley, 44, is also the first African-American to serve on the Boston City Council.Endorsed last month by former President Barack Obama, she got a big early boost from fellow congressional upstart Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who similarly knocked off veteran Rep. Joe Crowley of New York in June.Both rode a rising wave of pro-woman sentiment to Washington as the party embraced diversity and liberal politics as the recipe for success in the Trump era.“With her victory tonight, Ayanna Pressley has not only made history as the first Black woman ever elected to represent Massachusetts in the U.S. House of Representatives, she’s ensured that Democrats have the voice of a young, Black progressive woman helping lead the fight for inclusive populist reforms,” the political action committee Democracy for America said Tuesday night in a statement.In the run-up to the midterms, Pressley held off on saying where she stands on Nancy Pelosi, the Democrats’ embattled House leader.From the outset, Pressley made clear that she meant serious business, telling voters before she sent Capuano packing that she viewed the race as “a fight for the soul of our party and the future of our democracy.”The district includes a wide swath of Boston and about half of Cambridge, as well as portions of neighboring Chelsea, Everett, Randolph, Somerville and Milton. It includes the neighborhood of Roxbury, the traditional center of Boston’s Black community.Ideologically, Capuano was much like Pressley: liberal, a self-described progressive. But the White, middle-aged incumbent didn’t look like many voters in his district, even though Pressley herself had bristled at the notion that race was a defining issue in the contest.She flashed that defiance during a debate, saying: “I happen to be Black and a woman and unapologetically proud to be both, but that is not the totality of my identity.”But Pressley also made clear the importance of diversity in the nation’s halls of power.“I do think that our democracy is strengthened by an engagement of new and different voices,” she told college newspaper editors in Boston in October.___For AP’s complete coverage of the U.S. midterm elections: http://apne.ws/APPolitics